Iconic Howard's Rock Defaced


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CLEMSON – The rumors are true – Howard’s Rock, an iconic and important part of Clemson football history – has been defaced.

I started receiving text and Facebook messages while attending Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s high school camp, and quickly ran over to take pictures and assess the damage. The gates were open to satisfy the curiosity of the onlookers who were responding to the rumors and hurrying out to see if the rumors were true.

They are.

Former Clemson player Miguel ChavisMiguel Chavis
Sr. Defensive Tackle
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Fayetteville, NC

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stood by the rock early Wednesday evening, and pointed out where the damage had been done. Chavis rubbed the rock many times, and he pointed where a chunk had been taken off the front of the rock.

According to a source I spoke with, the vandalism took place over a week ago and is still being investigated. At this point, it isn’t known if there are any leads or suspects.

The Rock before June 2.

According to someone I spoke with, the case that holds the rock was shattered and it appeared that someone tried to take or steal the entire rock, but only managed to steal the front part that was broken off.

Clemson sent out the following release:

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 June 2nd or June 3rd. A small portion of The Rock was broken off of its pedestal after vandals broke the casing that protects the artifact.

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

There was no damage to the pedestal that supports the rock.

Unfortunately, this is the third time someone has tried remove or deface the rock. The first time occurred in 1992, in the week leading up to the game against arch-rival South Carolina, when someone tred to remove Howard’s Rock from its pedestal and knocked off a piece on the left side of the rock.

In 2004, an opponent’s team manager tried to vandalize the rock during a walk through the day before the game. However, he was stopped before any damage could occur.

TigerNet will obtain a copy of the police report Thursday morning.



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davidhood®
I'm looking forward to the gallery pics after we catch
GWPTiger®
Ben Tillman is scanning surveillance video as we write.
vlastimil_hort
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tigertsa
so you're telling me
coronamav1
Exactly. Leak the pics and Tnet will resolve by morning*****
creatiger®
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Time to hire a full time guard. If we're not careful
TheHill2
like these guys?
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Re: Time to hire a full time guard. If we're not careful
hazer
Re: Time to hire a full time guard. If we're not careful
allorangeallthetime52®
time to burn down a cluckaboose
Ctigermae
Re: time to burn down a cluckaboose
hazer
Did they ever catch the vandals who damaged the rock in
tigertrain
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TIGERCOOK®
Why no Video Camera
sspassport®
Yep ... We have webcams showing a dozen different campus areas ...
apextiger®
Re: Yep ... We have webcams showing a dozen different campus areas ...
ColaTownTiger
www.Rockwatch.com
attheesso®
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cupton®
Revenge is a dish best served cold
GaTigerAlum
Revenge is a dish best served cold
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Re: Revenge is a dish best served cold
JCgamecock
Get back to your dirt, ######.***
SOLOS®
The rock holds a lot more history than Carolina's 4 year
attheesso®
It was Lee Corso again!***
Mr_C
Only Clemson is to blame...
TD Tigers
Re: Only Clemson is to blame...
armsb
Coot much?***
clemsonphi
Man, I hate it when....
cutiger250®
I kind of agree
Mighty Zep®
Here is the only solution:
GrayBengal®
Re: Here is the only solution:
Foogiedog
Re: Here is the only solution:
JBTiger1980®
Uranus?***
ClemsonTiger1988®
Hot tub time machine?
tigertrain
Can I be on the jury when they find the perp
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PhD T
Do a Reward For info - They would turn on their Mother
osplancaster®
That makes me want to rape a chicken.***
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: That makes me want to rape a chicken.***
allorangeallthetime52®
Re: That makes me want to rape a chicken.***
allorangeallthetime52®
TD Tigers also blames America
Tiger Woods®
Hey coot
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Re: Hey coot
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allorangeallthetime52®
I'd suggest blowing up WB cockroach, but that would
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hazer
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allorangeallthetime52®
Arise, Pitchfork
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At least it wasn't a tree....I
OneChristianGuy
Whos Nube?***
Prime T. Tiger
Surely we have video surveillance of the Rock at all times***
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