Clemson's Howard's Rock Vandalized

2:06 AM, Jun 13, 2013   |    comments
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  • Howard's Rock with a part of the front of the rock missing that was taken by vandals according to police. (photo by
  • Howard's Rock at Memorial Stadium at Clemson.(Getty Images)

Clemson, SC (WLTX)  Howard's Rock, the touchstone that Clemson football players rub prior to football games was vandalized according to the university. 

The vandalism happened either June 2 or 3 after vandals broke the casing that protects the rock.  A small portion of the Rock was broken off. The pedestal was not damaged. 

"We take vandalism, especially of such an important part of our history, very seriously, " said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich, "Police are investigating". 

In 1919 the rock was brought to Clemson from Death Valley, California by an alumnus.  The rock was placed on a pedestal at the top of the hill in 1966 according to the university's website.  

to head coach Frank Howard by a friend who had gotten the rock from Death Valley, California.  

Before a football game against Wake Forest in 1967, then head coach Frank Howard, who the rock is named for, told his players that if they gave 110%, they could have the privilege of rubbing the rock.  They won. 

The rock, which is  white flint, sits at the top of the hill above Death Valley football stadium and Tiger football players rub it for good luck before home games. 



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