Dec 30: Buckeyes Fire Woody Hayes

Ohio State Fires Woody

Woody Hayes’ 28-year tenure as football coach at Ohio State comes to an abrupt end after he is fired for punching an opposing player in the closing minutes of a loss to Clemson in the Gator Bowl.  Ohio State faces Clemson in this year’s Orange Bow.

Insiders say that Hayes had been in a downward spiral since the 1976 Rose Bowl when #11 UCLA stunned the undefeated and #1 ranked Buckeyes 23-10.

The volatile Hayes may have been simply overrated as a coach (but not as a recruiter).   His teams reached the #1 ranking in 6 of his last 11 seasons, but only once did he win the National Championship as he had a bowl record of 3-6 during this period.

His record at Ohio State:

Year School G W L T Pct AP Pre AP High AP Post Bowl
1951 Ohio State 9 4 3 2 .556 3 3
1952 Ohio State 9 6 3 0 .667 20 14 17
1953 Ohio State 9 6 3 0 .667 7 3
1954 Ohio State 10 10 0 0 1.000 20 1 1 Rose BowlW
1955 Ohio State 9 7 2 0 .778 4 4 5
1956 Ohio State 9 6 3 0 .667 5 4 15
1957 Ohio State 10 9 1 0 .900 17 2 2 Rose BowlW
1958 Ohio State 9 6 1 2 .778 1 1 8
1959 Ohio State 9 3 5 1 .389 7 7
1960 Ohio State 9 7 2 0 .778 16 3 8
1961 Ohio State 9 8 0 1 .944 2 2 2
1962 Ohio State 9 6 3 0 .667 1 1
1963 Ohio State 9 5 3 1 .611 10 4
1964 Ohio State 9 7 2 0 .778 5 1 9
1965 Ohio State 9 7 2 0 .778 10 10
1966 Ohio State 9 4 5 0 .444
1967 Ohio State 9 6 3 0 .667
1968 Ohio State 10 10 0 0 1.000 11 1 1 Rose BowlW
1969 Ohio State 9 8 1 0 .889 1 1 4
1970 Ohio State 10 9 1 0 .900 1 1 5 Rose BowlL
1971 Ohio State 10 6 4 0 .600 11 5
1972 Ohio State 11 9 2 0 .818 3 3 9 Rose BowlL
1973 Ohio State 11 10 0 1 .955 2 1 2 Rose BowlW
1974 Ohio State 12 10 2 0 .833 2 1 4 Rose BowlL
1975 Ohio State 12 11 1 0 .917 4 1 4 Rose BowlL
1976 Ohio State 12 9 2 1 .792 4 2 6 Orange BowlW
1977 Ohio State 12 9 3 0 .750 5 3 11 Sugar BowlL
1978 Ohio State 12 7 4 1 .625 7 6 Gator BowlL
Ohio State 276 205 61 10 .761
Provided by Sports-Reference.com/CFB: View Original Table
Generated 12/30/2013.

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