On December 28, 1978 in the Gator Bowl, Charlie Bauman, a second-team Clemson noseguard, intercepted a pass thrown by Ohio State freshman quarterback Art Schlichter with two minutes left in the game. Bauman was tackled along the Ohio State sideline and began to taunt the Buckeye players. Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes lost his temper and struck Bauman with his right forearm before being restrained by his players. Unsportsmanlike penalties against the Buckeyes left the Tigers with excellent field position, and Clemson quarterback Steve Fuller was able to run out the clock for a 17-15 Tiger victory. Hayes was fired as head coach at 7:45 a.m. the next morning, and never coached again. He also never apologized to Bauman. Hayes died March 12, 1987. (The road outside the Ohio State stadium, the "Horseshoe," was named for him.)
Despite being fired as football coach, Hayes, a student of military history, continued to serve on the faculty at the Ohio State University.