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Clemson/Ohio State “Semi” Notes

December 31, 2016

Today’s later, perceived far closer, college football playoff “semi,” matches now less than 3 point favorite, Ohio State, under 3 time title winning coach Urban Meyer, against Clemson, which lost last year’s title tilt (they covered the spread in a loss to Alabama, which gave the Tide under Nick Saban, 4 titles in 7 seasons and was the 5th title for that great college football coach, one of the five, at L.S.U. which was shared with U.S.C. Alas, initials are involved not only in the two teams that “shared” the ’03 season crown, but in the respective “sponsors” of said crown the B.C.S. for LSU, and A.P. for U.S.C. (Associated Press, the one whose decisions I regard as most important, despite suffering with some over the years) and is a team sans a title, since Danny Ford coached a team that included Homer Jordan, Perry Tuttle and William “The Refrigerator” Perry to the 1981 title.

I certainly have notes and coincidences, one involves Mr. Perry cited above. However, I am short on knowledge of the two current teams but will cite Dabo Swinney, as the Clemson coach.

In one of the two other bowl clashes between Clemson and Ohio State, in the 1978 Friday night Gator Bowl, Clemson won a game, best remembered for Ohio State coach Woody Hayes punching Clemson player, Charlie Bauman, after the latter’s game clinching interception.

The incident, one in a long line of Hayes “losing it” (he also lost so many big games, did win some, but from (’69-’75) save ’71, had legitimate title shots but failed in all six instances), led to Hayes being fired as Ohio State football coach.

 

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Charlie Bauman, pictured above.

 

 

 

 

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