In all that is wholly stupid, holy, and stupid...
From Clemson University's Sports Information Department:
Howard's Rock, the iconic fixture Clemson players rub prior to running down the hill during the football team's entrance into Memorial Stadium, was vandalized sometime June 2 or June 3. A small portion of The Rock was broken off of its pedestal after vandals broke the casing that protects the artifact.
"We take vandalism, especially of such an important part of our history, very seriously," said Director of Athletics Dan Radakovich. "Police are investigating."
There was no damage to the pedestal that supports the rock.
For those of you who have no idea what this means to Clemson, here's a small sample...
This is really not a good idea and the HQ hopes the person and/or persons responsible get vandalized, spray-painted, or something similar...
A police report obtained from the university stated that a officer responded to Clemson Memorial Stadium on June 3 after two employee's found the rock damaged. The officer observed the plexiglass cover was missing from Howard's Rock and a large piece of the rock was also missing.
The officer stated in the report that he found the plexiglass cover sitting on the ground near the gate to the stadium. The employee's told the officer that they did not touch the pedestal, but they did pick up several pieces of the rock and part of the lock from the case.
The officer took pictures of the damage and a partial fingerprint was recovered from the rock. A stadium employee took possession of the damaged lock and pieces of the rock. Athletic Department officials told the police officer that football campers had their pictures made at the rock on June 2, but the photo session ended at 4 pm.
The estimated damage to the rock is $500, but the total damage is still pending, the report states.