by Fitzgerald Cecilio
Clemson University police have arrested and charged the culprit behind the vandalism to Howard's Rock, the iconic fixture Tigers football players rub before entering Memorial Stadium.
Micah Rogers, 18, of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina was charged with felony malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000 but less than $10,000 and misdemeanor trespassing.
Rogers appeared in Clemson University Municipal Court and was released on personal recognizance bond of $5,470.
Howard's Rock was vandalized June 2. The protective casing was destroyed and a chunk of the rock was chipped away.
According to Capt. Eric Hendricks, the vandalism was captured partially by video surveillance cameras and a witness also identified the suspect. He added that the broken portion of the rock has not been recovered.
Hendricks said Rogers does not have any official ties to Clemson, but he does have a Tigers sticker on the glass of his truck and there was Clemson memorabilia in his home.
"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 Solicitor's Office for acting in a swift, thorough manner with regards to the vandalism to Howard's Rock," Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich said in a statement. "We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in this case."