Swinney: “It is very disappointing that someone would disrespect our unique tradition to this extent”

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner

CLEMSON — Not too busy to notice the outrage around campus and the social media world, Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney issued a statement regarding the defacing of Howard’s Rock in the midst of hosting his annual summer youth football camps.

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“It is very disappointing that someone would disrespect our unique tradition to this extent.  It is one of the iconic images of the game,” Swinney said. “I am sure Clemson police will investigate this thoroughly and hold the person accountable for this behavior.”

Because approximately 85 percent of the rock was still on its pedestal, the tradition of players rubbing the rock on their route down the hill in pregame ceremonies is not expected to change.

“Thankfully, most of Howard’s Rock is still intact and we will do what is necessary to protect it going forward,” Swinney said. “I know our coaches and players look forward to rubbing Howard’s Rock, running down the hill, and furthering one of the great traditions of college football when we open the season against Georgia on August 31.”

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