Danny Ford Recalls Last Time Ohio State and Clemson Played

By DJ Byrnes on December 31, 2013 at 10:33a
Clemson's Danny Ford

From Columbia's The State

When the game began, Ford was reassured by the presence of an SEC officiating crew, many of whom he knew, including Butch Lambert. There were a few things during the game that irritated him, but Ford said it was fine until he saw a fight on the other sideline after Bauman intercepted a pass by freshman quarterback Art Schlicter’s in the fourth quarter. Bauman was run out of bounds near the OSU bench and a fight ensued.

“When I ran out there and tried to break it up, one of their boys thought I was a manager and threw me down,” Ford said. “I grabbed my hat and ran back to the sideline.”

He asked Lambert to explain what happened. “One of their coaches hit one of your players.”

Ford said he replied, “Dang, I don’t even do that. What are you gonna do?”

“We’re going to give them an unsportsmanlike penalty,” Lambert said.

Our own Vico has already argued that The Punch meant more to Clemson football than Ohio State, but it's still interested to hear about the lead-up and actual Gator Bowl from enemy sidelines.

Danny Ford entered that game as an interim coach, only named to that position because players "for some reason" were all high on him when asked their opinion by the reigning athletic director. Ford would lead the Clemson Tigers to the 1981 national championship. 


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BierStube's picture

Ford said. “I grabbed my hat and ran back to the sideline.”

Smart man!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

Hovenaut's picture

Ford is totally rockin' the trucker hat with a side of chaw (it looks like) in that pic.

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Damn near a squinter he has in. Golf ballesque. I can dig it.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

What has Clemson ever done that worth a damn, other than get punched by Woody???

extemporary08's picture

Dr. Spurgeon Cole of Clemson University decided to do an experiment to see how good police officers were at distinguishing someone who is under the legal limit from someone who is too drunk to drive, based entirely on watching them perform field sobriety tests. 14 police officers were shown videotapes of 21 subjects taking six common field sobriety tests and were asked to decide which “had too much to drink and drive.” On average, the police officers determined that 46% of the subjects were legally intoxicated. So how did they do? Not well, especially considering that not a single subject had consumed alcohol. In other words, the blood alcohol level of every subject was .00%—as sober as you can get. The officers might as well have guessed randomly. This is a particularly disquieting result considering that, if the officers and pulled these individuals over, they would have arrested an innocent person half of the time. (Cole and Nowaczyk, “Field Sobriety Tests: Are they Designed for Failure?”, 79 Perceptual and Motor Skills Journal 99, 1994.)


What has Clemson ever done you ask?

cronimi's picture

OK, other than saving 46% of drivers from getting DUIs, what has Clemson done???
[Note: (1) Yes, I know "46% of drivers" is not the right math. (2) Despite this finding, aren't field sobriety checks still done and used to convict drivers? If so, then "what Clemson has done" is more theoretical/scientific than practical.]

extemporary08's picture

That's all I got...

andyb's picture

let me know when they STOP doing field sobriety tests.

Smithy's picture

I saw a recent interview with Danny Ford. He as very respectful of Woody. Said he was a great man and great coach. Downplayed the incident as overblown. I appreciated it.