2 men plead guilty to lying about Howard's Rock vandalism

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Prosecutors say two men have been fined $200 each after pleading guilty to lying to police about the person who chipped a large piece off of prized Howard's Rock at Clemson's football stadium.

Solicitor Walt Wilkins said in a news release that 20-year-old Alden Gainey and 49-year-old Michael Rogers pleaded guilty Monday to giving false information to police. Court records show they can choose to pay the $200 fine or spend 30 days in jail.

It's a tradition for Clemson players to touch the rock before taking the field on game days.

Wilkins says the men met and agreed to say they were just taking pictures of the rock after being caught on surveillance video.

No. 5 Clemson plays at Georgia Tech on Thursday night.

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AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org

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