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 knocked out of bounds into the Ohio State sidelines where Ohio State head coach Woody Hayes threw a punch at Bauman before being restrained by his players. Unsportsman-like 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 Horseshoe named for him.
A true student of military history, Hayes continued to serve on the faculty at the Ohio State University after the end of his coaching career.