Clemson officials investigate vandalism to Howard’s Rock

Howard’s Rock, the iconic fixture Clemson players rub prior to running down the hill during the football team’s entrance into Memorial Stadium, was vandalized sometime between June 2 and 3.

A small portion of The Rock was broken off of its pedestal after vandals broke the casing that protects the artifact. There was no damage to the pedestal that supports the rock.

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

Howard’s Rock, retrieved from Death Valley in California by legendary football coach Frank Howard, has become one of college football’s most celebrated pregame events. Howard told his teams the rock held special powers and to rub it before the game for good luck.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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