On June 2, Clemson’s famous Howard’s Rock, the football tradition, was vandalized. And it appears that just under a month later, a suspect has been found and apprehended. Howard’s Rock is a rock that Clemson received and they touch it at the start of every home game to give them motivation to win the game. It’s been a tradition that has ben going on or decades.
Micah Rogers of Pisgah Forest, N.C., received a charge of a malicious injury to animals or personal property felony, which means that something is valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000, as well as misdemeanor trespassing. It’s hard to put a price on something like a rock, because it has become invaluable to the Clemson Tigers.
What’s weird about this whole ordeal is that Rogers seems to be a Clemson fan; he has been reported to have a Tigers Decal for his truck as well as some memorabilia. It’s hard to think that a fan of the team could do something so major as to vandalize something so famous around campus, but it looks to be true.
Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said this regarding the investigation,
On behalf of the athletic department and the football coaches and players, I want to thank the Clemson University Police Department, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office for acting in a swift, thorough manner with regards to the vandalism to Howard’s Rock.
I hope this stops the future criminals from thinking about vandalizing another college tradition.