Clemson offering reward for Howard’s Rock vandal

dprice@thestate.comJune 20, 2013 

Howards Rock

Howard's Rock at Clemson's Memorial Stadium recently was was vandalized. A chunk of about 15 percent of it was chipped sometime on June 2 or 3.

NATHAN GRAY — The Associated Press

— Clemson is offering a $5,000 for information leading to an arrest in connection with this month’s vandalism of Howard’s Rock.

The announcement comes after the university’s police department released video of a white truck arriving at and later leaving the east side of Clemson Memorial Stadium on June 2, around the time when the rock was damaged, according to a release.

The reward comes from private donors, according to the university.

Police think someone broke into the stadium and smashed the rock’s Plexiglas case before breaking off a piece of the iconic stone on June 2 or 3. Officers later found fingerprints on the rock’s pedestal, which wasn’t damaged.

The rock, named for former football coach Frank Howard, sits atop The Hill at the stadium, and is a major part of Clemson’s pre-game tradition. Before each football game, players and coaches touch the stone before running down the hill and onto the football field.

If you know anything about who might be responsible for the vandalism, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.sccrimestoppers.com.


Video: Suspicious truck arriving at the stadium

Video: Truck leaving the stadium

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