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Howard's Rock at Clemson football stadium vandalized, damaged

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney rubs Howard's Rock before the team runs down the hill before Clemson's Orange and White spring football scrimmage at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, April 11, 2009.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney rubs Howard's Rock before the team runs down the hill before Clemson's Orange and White spring football scrimmage at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, April 11, 2009.

Howard's Rock at Clemson's Memorial Stadium has been vandalized.

The iconic fixture that Clemson players rub prior to running down the hill during the football team's entrance on game days was vandalized sometime June 2 or 3, the school announced Wednesday evening.

A small portion of The Rock was broken off of its pedestal after someone broke the casing that protects the rock, the school said in a news release.

"We take vandalism, especially of such an important part of our history, very seriously," Clemson Athletics Director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. "Police are investigating."

There was no damage to the pedestal that supports the rock.

In April, an orange tiger paw was found painted on the Williams-Brice Stadium field in Columbia.

Outside Williams-Brice, at least two tailgating Cockabooses were defaced with orange spray paint -- one with the words “Go Tigers” and another with an orange tiger paw.

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