Howard's Rock damaged after act of vandalism
Today those reports were confirmed, as USA Today's Michael Burns wrote that the glass casing protecting it was removed and that a good portion of the rock was broken off.
"We take vandalism, especially of such an important part of our history, very seriously," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. "Police are investigating."
While it should not be taken lightly and is definitely considered a crime, this is probably just a few students that wanted to keep a piece of tradition making an ill-advised decision.
No harm was made to any person, and damage to the icon is minimal. But when the perpetrator(s) is caught, he/she/they will have to deal with the 81,500 fans and angry football players that take Howard's Rock very seriously when piling into Death Valley on fall Saturdays.
The Tigers have rubbed Howard's Rock before every home game since 1966, when a Clemson alum brought the stone to Death Valley, South Carolina, from Death Valley, California.
It was named after Hall of Fame coach Frank Howard, the winningest coach in program history (165 wins).
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