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Gift from Death Valley became "Death Valley" tradition

Originally Published: September 14, 2007
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Ohio State dots the "i." Tennessee runs through the "T." Texas A&M has midnight yell practice. Florida State has Chief Osceola, Renegade and a flaming spear.

But few college football traditions generate as much excitement and pageantry as Clemson's players rubbing Howard's Rock and running down the Hill before each home game at Memorial Stadium.

"It's very emotional going up there," Tigers running back C.J. Spiller said. "You know it's game time when ...

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