Howard’s Rock being vandalized is a crime. While pranks are fun, let’s leave the destruction on the field, writes Mark Schlabach. Story
According to the report, Lt. Gary Leslie arrived at Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on June 3 and found “a large piece of the rock was missing.” Leslie reported that the plastic protective cover over the rock was sitting on the ground near the gate and that police were able to get a partial print off the pedestal. He estimated the damage to be $500, but the total damage is still pending, as is the investigation.
“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.”
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.