Two more men charged in vandalism to Howard's Rock



CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson University police have arrested two more North Carolina men in
the vandalism to Howard’s Rock inside the football stadium.

Police arrested 46-year-old Michael J. Rogers, of Pisgah Forest, N.C., and 17-year-old Alden James Gainey, of Brevard, N.C., on Friday and charged them with felony counts of conspiracy and obstructing justice.

The two appeared before a Pickens County (S.C.) Magistrate and were each released on $7,500 personal recognizance bonds.

Rogers’ son, 18-year-old Micah Rogers, had previously been arrested in the incident. He was charged in June with malicious injury to animals or personal property valued at more than $2,000, but less than $10,000; trespassing and unlawful entry into enclosed places.

Police say the rock, which players rub before running onto the field, was chipped June 2 and its protective casing destroyed.


VANDERBILT: A fifth football player has been indicted for his alleged role in the rape of an unconscious student on campus.

Metro Nashville Police say Chris Boyd, 21, gave another defendant advice on how to cover up the crime. Vanderbilt released a statement Friday saying he had been suspended from the team pending further review. Four other players already have been dismissed.

Police say Boyd’s representatives are aware of the indictment and he is expected to turn himself in. His bond is set at $25,000.

Boyd caught 50 passes for 774 yards and five touchdowns last season.

Two California men also were indicted Friday. Miles Finley, 19, and Joseph Quinzio, 20, are charged with felony tampering with evidence.


OHIO STATE: An Indiana prosecutor says star cornerback Bradley Roby has been offered the opportunity to enter a pretrial diversion program that would allow a misdemeanor charge alleging he was involved in an altercation outside a Bloomington, Ind., bar in July to be dismissed if he isn’t arrested in the next year.


CENTRAL FLORIDA: A ruling by a Florida appeals court Friday reduced a $10 million damage award to $200,000 in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a football player who died after conditioning drills in 2008.

The court, however, denied the University of Central Florida Athletic Association a new trial, which it also was seeking.

It did rule Central Florida’s power of control over its athletics association is sufficient for sovereign immunity afforded to state agencies in civil judgments, reducing the original award the 19-year-old’s parents received in July 2011. Any award above $200,000 now has to be approved by the legislature.