Charlie Bauman Frequently Attends Ohio State Football Games

December 13, 2013 at 6:01p    by Vico    
Charlie Bauman

As I mentioned yesterday, the infamous punch from the 1978 Gator Bowl is going to be a topic du jour in anticipation of the 2014 Orange Bowl. Orange and White Illustrated, a Clemson outfit, recently republished an interview with Charlie Bauman (the player Hayes punched) from ten years ago.

A lot of it dealt with his career at Clemson, which readers may not find particularly compelling. He discussed talking with Woody Hayes after the incident. Hayes never apologized for the incident, but Bauman expressed that he felt no ill will toward him and that he enjoyed the conversation. Originally from New Jersey, he followed Hayes' career from a distance.

O&W: Can you describe what was going through your mind as the play developed?

Bauman: It was very similar to any other play - seek out the guy with the ball and keep him from advancing. My penetration upfield was hampered by the center, then the guard. Always keeping my eyes on Schlichter. From the left I recognized OSU's Ron Springs releasing out from the backfield around Jonathan Brooks' side.

The ball was thrown perfectly. A real tight spiral, chest high and softly thrown. The center attempted to chop block me, but instinctively I used my hand to ward him off. My strides back towards the left were in perfect unison with the ball path. Fortunately I caught the ball, and after that I saw Jonathan Brooks look at me in disbelief like, 'What are YOU doing with the ball?' and Jonathan raising his arms with excitement. The rest is history.

I will say this, the big slap on my butt by Jeff Bryant was simultaneous to the, well you know, to the chin (laughing). Neither one did I feel.

O&W: And after the play was over?

Bauman: The play was over. No big deal.

O&W: You talked to Coach Hayes later on. What was that like?

Bauman: He called me at my dorm room. No apology. Merely brief respectful conversation.

That said, I found the epilogue to this recap from Orange and White Illustrated to be rather interesting.

(Bauman later confessed that as a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, he quietly attends Ohio State home football games).

Nice. He's been assimilated.



WC Buckeye's picture

What goes unsaid here is that Charlie tossed the ball towards coach Hayes and said, "Here you go, old man" or something in that vein, something disrespectful that one who knew how he felt about being disrespected just wouldn't say to him. I wonder if he has a memory lapse on that, as well?

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

Poe McKnoe's picture

Yea, pretty sure the ball was not tossed at Woody.
But I'm sure he had a few choice words for the Ohio State sideline.  Probably whatever the 1970's version of "suck it" was.

The Braden's picture

>Probably whatever the 1970's version of "suck it" was.
I think that Vinnie Barbarino can weigh in on this one.

collisionbend's picture

That would either be "bite me" or... "suck it."
Seriously. I was a student at OSU, living in Baker Hall, when Woody lost his cool.

"There's a fine line between perception and reality." -- Luke Fickell

kmp10's picture

I'm certainly not saying that what you said happened didn't happen... but how do you know this? I was 14 years old in '78 and remember watching the game on television that night with my Mom (my Dad had gone to bed in disgust). I still have the Columbus Dispatch saved from the next day, and clearly remember the days that followed on local radio and TV. I don't remember hearing that Bauman said anything to Woody. I do remember that Bauman appeared to hold out the football in the vicinity of Woody's face and...  that's when IT happened.

WC Buckeye's picture

I remember hearing accounts from players who were in the vicinity when it happened that were in that vein. I was 15 in '78 myself, and I have a pretty clear recollection. I think if Bauman says nothing there, then nothing happens.

The only thing that's new in the world is the history that we have forgotten.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

Right.  I think there was a look toward Woody that said it all.  With the ball held out like he did have it, there was enough of a message that set Woody off.  It may have only been snickering...but imagine a guy like Woody.  Here a college age kid wants to shove blatant disrespect at him?  Shoot, fellows...Woody would have coldcocked his OWN players if they did that! 
Did Woody overreact?  Of course, but in the culture of the time (and believe me, that is important to note here), that was what most adults wanted to do to us rebellious teens of the day (although I was in the military at that time).
So he lost his job over it. 
But Woody was much, much more than the grizzled pile of sizzling coals...he was a true humanitarian. 
I wonder if any of the pregame fecal matter spitters will mention that side of Woody at all?

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Dougger's picture

Shoot, fellows...Woody would have coldcocked his OWN players if they did that

I've been told he often hit his players. Jim Otis learned to stand on his opposite side so it would take him longer to be hit!

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CowCat's picture

100% agree with you.
Both my dad (professor) and my mom (student) met Woody. They both said he was one of the most humble, highly intelligent, thoughtful, kind persons that you would ever meet. 

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
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Danify's picture

What can I say ... Woody Hayes punched the Scarlet and Gray into him.

k9junior2430's picture

^^^^ DANIFY, that was the greatest response ive ever read on here!  Well played/said! 

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- no one more important than the other." -  Coach Norman Dale

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

"What if I told you...."
Where's the 30 for 30 on this? I demand it!

Jonnferrell's picture

I have heard second hand from a Hayes family member that Coach Hayes had some medication that he neglected to take.  That may explain his lack of self-control.  

"I miss Brady Hoke."

idotter81's picture

I was in person at the '78 Gator Bowl as a freshman member of TBDBITL. We were sitting on the field level on the other side of the field from the OSU sideline with a lousy view and all we could see was the interception on the other side of the field and we knew the game was toast. Then we saw a crowd of players and what looked like some kind of scuffle on the sideline but just figured it was one of our players losing their cool a bit after the play. It was over quickly. We had NO idea what had really just happened on the other side of that field.
After the game, we hung out talking to some of the Clemson band members. No one said much about the incident after the interception so we still had no clue. We then  boarded buses and went straight to the airport where our charter sat on the tarmac for what seemed like forever.  The band shared the plane with the cheerleaders and some athletic department people. As we sat there, a rumor buzzed slowly through the plane that Woody had hit someone during the game.  Even then we all figured it was one of our guys he had hit which frankly wasn't really that big of news at that time.  Finally, our plane took off and we flew back to Columbus arriving back just before dawn.  When the OSU buses picked us up at the airport to take us back to campus, the driver told us that Woody had hit a player on the OTHER team right in front of the cameras and that he was going to be fired. We knew that was trouble, even for Woody.  I finally got to bed in the early daylight. When I woke up later that day, Woody had, indeed, been fired and his amazing era was over.  A bunch of us (and many others) ended up in Upper Arlington later that misty night outside Woody's house. He never came out that night but it felt like a funeral vigil. It was kind of surreal. 
In the aftermath, we hated Charlie Bauman for "what he did to our coach."  Looking back and watching the video (which we will have to watch again 1000 times in the next 3 weeks), Bauman's "celebration" of the game-winning interception (albeit on our sideline) was frankly pretty mild compared to what athletes do now when they just make a routine tackle in the middle of the third quarter of a blowout game.  However, we all knew Woody had finally gone too far regardless of what Bauman had done (which was in reality to simply just win the game for his team).
I had a several other personal interactions with Woody before and after his firing that had nothing to do with football. He was an amazing and riveting character and personality. He loved his players, his university and his country and always had a true lesson for whoever was listening. But he also always asked about the people he interacted with because I believe (and saw that) he cared about and was genuinely interested in them. My interactions with him after he was our coach taught me more about being a Buckeye than watching him coach my forever favorite team.  He was quite a man (and a pretty good football coach, too!).

iball's picture

Woody was out of control that night..period.

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AlphaMaleBettor's picture

Who the F*CK is Charlie f-ing Bauman?