BREAKING NEWS: Howard’s Rock vandal arrested — and he is a big time Tiger fan!
CLEMSON — An eighteen year old man is in jail today for a prank he will forever regret.
On June 2, a man broke into the casing that protects the rock, then took off a small portion of the rock. Clemson University police later released surveillance footage of a pickup truck leaving the scene.
To this day, investigators have not recovered the missing piece of the rock and the man is not cooperating with them in that regard.
The truck on survelliance video had the classic Clemson colors on a sticker — violet and orange, with the Tiger logo.
Furthermore, the man also had Clemson memorabilia at his residence.
The rock was first brought to Clemson in 1919 from the lowest elevated place in North America, Death Valley, Calif. — the place whose name Clemson later borrowed as the nickname of their football stadium. In one of the most famous traditions in college football, Clemson players rub the rock for good luck before running onto the field at home games.
Micah Rogers, 18, of Pisgah Forest, N.C., was arrested and charged with one felony: malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000; and one misdemeanor: trespassing, unlawful entry into enclosed places.