CLEMSON, SC, June 11, 2013 ― Howard’s Rock has been vandalized. Sources indicate that it happened on Wednesday. Howard’s Rock was last vandalized in 1992, during the week before the University of South Carolina game, when someone tried to remove it from its pedestal and took off a piece on the left side of the rock. Since then, it has been enclosed in a glass case for protection.
UPDATE: Sources now confirm that the rock was vandalized June 2nd or June 3rd.
Clemson football players entering Memorial Stadium for games rub Howard’s Rock. The rock sits on a pedestal engraved with the words “From Death Valley, CA to Death Valley, Clemson, SC. Presented to Coach Frank Howard the the Clemson Football Team by S.C. Jones, September 1966.”
The rock is one of Clemson’s most beloved football traditions. In the early 1960’s, it was given to head coach Frank Howard by a friend from the class of 1919. Howard used the rock as a doorstop in his office for several years, before 1966, when he cleaned out his office. He reportedly told IPTAY director Gene Willimon to “Take this rock and throw it over the fence, or out in the ditch… do something with it, but get it out of my office.” Willimon then had Howard’s rock placed on the engraved pedestal at the top of the hill at the east endzone of Death Valley Memorial Stadium.
In 1966, Howard told his players to “Give me 110% or keep your filthy hands off my rock!” Clemson Tigers have rubbed the rock before home football games since 1967.
A chunk of the rock was chipped off after vandals broke the casing that protects the famous fixture. “We take vandalism, especially of such an important part of our history, very seriously,” said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. Police are currently investigating.
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