Clemson Football's Iconic Howard's Rock Vandalized

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJune 13, 2013

Credit: College Football Talk
Credit: College Football Talk

One of the most iconic pieces of college football history has been vandalized.

According to the Clemson Tigers website (h/t College Football Talk), Howard's Rock was vandalized sometime June 2 or June 3. Per the report, a small piece of rock was broken off after vandals had broken the casing that protects the piece of history.

According to the school's news release, Clemson's Director of Athletics, Dan Radakovich, indicated that the police are already involved:

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

The pedestal itself is not damaged and there is now a new case that covers the rock, according to USA Today.

College Football Talk and Twitter account @trentacker provided what's believed to be photographic evidence of the damage to the rock:

The rock was first placed on top of the east end zone hill in 1966 when it became kind of a good luck charm after the Tigers knocked off rival Virginia. Since 1967, Clemson players have made sure to touch the rock before running down the hill and taking the field. It is named after legendary Clemson coach and College Football Hall of Famer Frank Howard.

This damage comes on the heels after the historic Auburn oak trees were removed after being poisoned. The trees were more than 130 years old and helped make up Toomer's Corner, which is a gathering place for Auburn fans and the community.

For those who aren't familiar with Howard's Rock or one of the best entrances in college football, we leave you with this experience: