VegasInsider.com
VI Mobile Scores and Betting OddsVI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds Be Social
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
Man charged in vandalism of Clemson rock

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson University Police have charged an 18-year-old North Carolina man with vandalizing the school's beloved Howard's Rock and it appears he is a Tigers fan.

Advertisement
Micah Rogers, of Pisgah Forest, was arrested and charged Friday with felony malicious injury to personal property and misdemeanor trespassing more than three weeks after the iconic college football symbol was damaged on June 2, police said. A protective case was damaged and a piece of the stone chipped away.

Clemson Police Capt. Eric Hendricks said Rogers was identified after video was released of a pickup truck outside the stadium when the rock was vandalized June 2. Other people were seen on the video and Hendricks said authorities were tipped off to Rogers by a witness. Hendricks said the investigation is ongoing.

Rogers was in court Friday and released on $5,470 bond. His attorney, Frank Eppes, said Rogers recognized his truck from the video footage and called the attorney last week. They agreed to meet with police this week.

Eppes said it wasn't time to discuss any details of the case, including what role Rogers had in the vandalism. He did ask people to respect the privacy of Rogers' family.

Soon after the vandalism, speculation from Clemson fans centered on a South Carolina supporter (the rivals share a longtime distaste for each other) or a Georgia backer (the schools' are about two hours apart and open the season at Clemson on Aug. 31). But it appears Rogers cheered for the Tigers after police found his truck had a Clemson tiger paw sticker and other school memorabilia was found in his home.

``I'll make you draw your own conclusions with that,'' Hendricks said.

Police have not yet found the missing piece of the rock and are continuing the search.

Howard's Rock has been a fixture for Clemson football since the late 1960s when the stone was brought to campus from Death Valley, Calif., by Samuel C. Jones, a close friend of then-coach Frank Howard. The coach had little use for it until school booster Gene Willimon affixed to a pedestal and placed it at the entrance of Memorial Stadium.

Legend has it that during the 1967 season Howard told his players if they didn't want to give maximum effort they should ``keep your filthy hands off of my rock.'' Ever since, Tiger players gather at the pedestal and rub the rock for good luck before rushing down the hill for games.

It left for a two-month period before the 2000 season when John Fernandez's granite sawing company worked to fit it on a new pedestal. Fernandez was a 1969 Clemson graduate who said the rock was only out of his sight while he slept. He even held a cookout with the rock as the guest of honor.

The rock sits on a black granite base with the inscription, ``Howard's Rock. From Death Valley, CA, to Death Valley, SC.''

Former Clemson linebacker Jeff Davis said the power of the rock comes from knowing how hard others who stood there before you worked to make the Tigers a success. ``The power comes from the individual touching the rock. You understand the numerous athletes that paid the price for you to be there,'' said Davis, part of the Clemson's 1981 national champions and now a football administrator for his alma mater.

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said the school has increased security around the rock to prevent future vandalism. He believed Clemson fans will sleep easier knowing the school was able to catch a perpetrator.

Copyright 2017 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
News: 2017 Heisman Odds
Former LSU QB Haris transferring to UNC
USF corner hospitalized after shooting
Rutgers opens with QB competition
UConn football coach's son job probed
Chizik's Choice: Family over football
QB Kizer interested in best spot, not pick
Saban rips media, NCAA's new rules
QB competitions abound this spring
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
2016 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Scott Rickenbach + 2051
Joe Williams + 1909
Pat Hawkins + 1752
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
Greg Smith + 400
Joe Nelson + 385
Scott Rickenbach + 380
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
Scott Pritchard 60 %
Scott Rickenbach 59 %
Kyle Hunter 57 %
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 1239
Scott Rickenbach + 1082
Kyle Hunter + 1023
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
Micah Roberts + 2485
Kyle Hunter + 2166
NeiltheGreek + 2076
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Vince Akins + 805
Scott Rickenbach + 657
Pat Hawkins + 595
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership