Clemson football literally lost a piece of its history earlier this month when Howard's Rock was struck by vandals.
According to a statement released by the university earlier this week, a piece of the iconic rock Clemson players have rubbed during the football team's entrance into Memorial Stadium since 1966 was broken off on either June 2 or 3.
"We take vandalism, especially of such an important part of our history, very seriously," Athletic Director Dan Radakovich said. "Police are investigating."
The crime was discovered June 3 by two university employees, who had gone to the stadium to take photos of the rock for the marketing department, Clemson sports information director Tim Bourret told ESPN. He estimated that 15% of the rock had been removed.