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Clemson's iconic rock gets renovated home

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CLEMSON, SC (WYFF) - Days before the much-anticipated faceoff between Clemson and Florida State, the iconic rock Clemson players rub before their run down the hill into Death Valley has been given a newly renovated and more secure home to keep it safe between games.

The stronger case for Howard's Rock follows an act of vandalism last June in which the old plexiglass cover was removed and a large piece of the rock stolen.

The Clemson Tigers barreling by Howard's Rock into Memorial Stadium is billed as the most exciting 25 seconds in college football -- and the rock is an integral part of the tradition.

The rock came from California's Death Valley in the '60s. Coach Frank Howard told the players "give me 110 percent, or keep your filthy hands off of my rock."

In August, three people were charged in connection to the vandalism. Micah Rogers, 18, was charged with malicious injury to property, trespassing and unlawful entry into enclosed places in the case. Rogers' father, Michael J. Rogers, 46, of Pisgah Forest and Alden James Gainey, 17, of Brevard are each charged with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice.

Saturday, the Tigers will take on the Seminoles in an 8 p.m. game that will be featured on ESPN's College Game Day,

Clemson opened its season with a College Game Day, and according to ESPN, it is the first time since 2007 that the pregame show has returned to the same school a second time in a season.

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