Clemson police release surveillance stills in latest Howard's Rock vandalism

Clemson police release surveillance stills in latest Howard's Rock vandalism
Surveillance Image (Photo Source: Clemson University Police)
Surveillance Image (Photo Source: Clemson University Police)

Clemson, SC (WCSC) - Clemson University police released surveillance images of the man who vandalized the case containing an iconic piece of the school's history.

The case that safeguards Howard's Rock was vandalized at approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday.

"Howard's Rock is a very important and visible part of our campus and our stadium, and we know many students, alumni and fans come to see it throughout the year," director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement.

The images show a light-complexioned black male, weighing between 230 and 250 pounds, between 6'2" and 6'4" in height, and between 35 and 40 years old, according to Clemson spokesman John Gouch.

He was wearing a navy blue jacket, blue jeans work boots and gloves with reflective material on the knuckles and the backs of the hands, Gouch said.

Authorities believe the truck captured on camera is similar to a Ford Ranger.

Construction workers who were working on renovations to the suite and club levels of the stadium noticed the damage and notified authorities Wednesday morning.

The case was installed in June of 2013 after the rock itself was vandalized. An 18-year-old North Carolina man was arrested in connection with that case.

University officials removed the rock and its pedestal from its permanent location to secure it until a replacement covering is available. Radakovich said the university would work quickly to have it back in its home as soon as possible.

Howard's Rock came from Death Valley, California, and Clemson football players traditionally rub the rock prior to entering the stadium, which is also known as Death Valley.

The tradition began before a 1967 football game when Clemson Head Football Coach Frank Howard told players if they gave 110 percent, they could receive the privilege of rubbing the rock, according to Clemson's website. The team won that game, and since then players rub the rock for luck as they run down the hill, the site states.

Anyone with information on the identity of the person shown in the surveillance stills should call Clemson University Police at (864) 656-2222.

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