Clemson University’s iconic Howard’s Rock was recently vandalized. According to sports information director Tim Bourret, Clemson employees Jeffrey Kallin and William Lewis went to snap pictures of the rock for the marketing department. When they arrived, they noticed the case was off and there was damage to the rock. Bourret estimated only about 15 percent of the rock was removed.
According to reports, a Clemson Police Lt. arrived at Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on June 3 and found “a large piece of the rock was missing.” The report stated the plastic protective cover over the rock was on the ground near the gate. Police were able to get a partial print off the pedestal.
The rock is named for longtime Clemson Coach Frank Howard. “It is very disappointing that someone would disrespect our unique tradition to this extent,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “It is one of the iconic images of the game. I am sure Clemson police will investigate this thoroughly and hold the person accountable for this behavior.”