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I knew the story about someone trying to damage The Rock in 1992; however, I have not heard about the 2004 incident.  Can you shed any light on this (what team, what was the motivation, did it happen on game day, how was the person stopped, what happened to the person, etc)?


As for this latest episode, I think we will catch the SOB responsible.  And when we do…”I pity the fool!”






I don't remember a lot about the the 2004 incident either. Maybe one of our readers can shed some light. I have read something about a team manager from an opponent trying during a walk through but it was thwarted. Hopefully some reader can add more details.

Hi Mick,


As a lifelong Clemson fan, I was sick (and mad) when I heard that someone had defaced OUR rock, and I still am, but here's a thought.  Our rock now has a hard edge to it....isn't that what we've wanted our team to play with for years....a hard edge?  These low-lifes meant this for evil, but if I know Dabo, he will use it for motivation.  Adversity can make you a better person, or a bitter we as Tiger fans respond to this cowardly act is up to us.  Every adversity has in it the seed of  an equivalent or greater benefit.....and I'm sure this will, too.  "You can't stop the Rock"!!


Tiger For Life,



Good idea Ed. I like the idea of turning a negative into a positive. I also think this is the last straw in terms of security issues at the rock. I think it is past time for the highest possible security at the site. Hopefully this will be a positive that comes out of this. I also think the fans will rally behind this. Few things are more sacred at Clemson and fans will bond over this.


Best wide receivers - you forgot Dwight Clark - without him we don't win the conference and of course the famous "THE CATCH" for 49ers.



Clark was a terrific receiver but he was a much better pro than he was at Clemson. You could make a case that he is the top offensive player from Clemson in the NFL but his Clemson career was not as good. He made some huge catches especially in November games against Maryland and South Carolina. At Clemson he only had 33 receptions for 571 yards and only three touchdowns. Those are not top ten numbers at wide receiver at Clemson.


I see Lucas Glover and Kyle Stanley in the US Open but no other Clemson golfers. Did the other guys not qualify? Thanks.



Those are the only two that made it this year. Jonathan Byrd has missed most of the season with a wrist injury. he did not even try to qualify because he did not know if his wrist could make it through 36 holes of qualifying. D.J. Trahan and the rest of the Clemson guys tried to qualify but did not make it this year.


A Gamecock buddy and I were talking about the Rock and the idiots who did this. He says he is not convinced a fellow Gamecock is responsible. There is no chance someone other than a Gamecock could be this stupid is there?



South Carolina fans don't make a monopoly on stupidity but I wonder who else would have the motive. I can't say for sure that it was Gamecock but isn't that the place where you have to start looking?


Who is responsible for protecting the rock? Who's job is it to make sure it is not harmed? Someone dropped the ball here!



I am not sure i

f that falls upon the grounds guys or the facilities guys. I do know that someone in the athletic department has been responsible in the past because they came up with the protective cover in the first place. However, I don't know who is the person in charge. I do think that you will see heightened security there from now on.

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