Police make arrest in Howard's Rock vandalism case


CLEMSON (WACH)- Clemson Police say they have made an arrest in the vandalism of Howard's Rock.

Micah Rogers, 18, of Pisgah Forest, N.C., faces a felony malicious injury to property charge and a misdeanor charge for unlawful entry.

Rogers was arrested Friday morning and has already been released on a $5,470 bond.

Capt. Eric Hendricks with the Clemson Police Department said the vandalism happened the night of June 2 and was partially caught by video surveillance cameras. Investigators say Rogers was also identified by a witness. Hendricks expects more arrests in the case.

"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 Solicitors Office for acting in a swift, thorough manner with regards to the vandalism to Howards Rock," said Clemson athletics director Dan Radakovich. "We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this case."

Police have not recovered the stolen piece of the rock.

Howard's Rock is widely regarded as one of the most iconic symbols in college football. Each player on Clemson's football team rubs the rock before entering Clemson's Memorial Stadium before all home games.

The rock is named for Clemson's colorful former coach Frank Howard. A longtime Clemson fan presented the rock to Howard in the 1960's. It sat in his office for years until Howard told one of his assistants to throw the rock away. Instead the rock was placed on a pedestal at the top of the hill where the team used to enter the stadium.

Howard also told his players in a famous quote, "Either you give me 110% when you're out there on the field or keep your filthy hands off my rock."

Clemson fans still use "110%" as a rally cry to this day.