NC State defense end Bradley Chubb’s spittle on the Florida State midfield logo after a 27-21 win was the top college football story last weekend. The clip of him doing it went viral and forced him to issue an apology.
Was Chubb’s action one of the brashest in college football history? Um, no. It’s not even close. If it hadn’t been casually picked up on television, we would not have known about it and it will likely be forgotten amongst casual fans by next year. However, these five will remain in our memories.
5. Randal Hill Mocks Texas with “Two Guns”
Dallas – Jan. 1, 1991
Miami’s 46-3 whipping of Texas in the 1991 Cotton Bowl is one of the most infamous beatdowns in college football history; partly because Texas was ranked third, but mostly because the Hurricanes racked up 202 penalty yards – most of them personal fouls. It also prompted the NCAA to institute a new penalty for excessive celebrations. The most memorable was Hill’s taunt of the Longhorns after a 48-yard touchdown that put Miami up 33-3. He ran into the end zone tunnel and... well, you just have to watch it.
4. Desmond Howard Gives Heisman Pose
Ann Arbor, Mich. – Nov. 23, 1991
In the midst of a 31-3 spanking of Ohio State, Howard returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown and punctuated it with a Heisman pose. Why was this brash? Because he hadn’t won the thing yet. Fortunately for Howard, he won the Heisman four weeks later by the fourth-biggest landslide in the award’s history.
3. Georgia Storms End Zone After Opening Drive Against Florida
Jacksonville, Fla. – Oct. 27, 2007
Having lost 15 of the past 17 games to Florida and at a crossroads in the season, Georgia head coach Mark Richt took an unorthodox approach to fire up his team. He told them all to storm the end zone after their first touchdown. The Bulldogs scored on their opening driving and sure enough, the whole team flooded the end zone. The gambit worked and Georgia beat Florida 42-30.
2. The Boz Calls NCAA Communists
Miami – Jan. 1, 1987
Sometimes brash moments blow up in your face. Having been suspended from the game for testing positive for steroids, Sooners linebacker Brian Bosworth stood on the sidelines watching his team slaughter Arkansas in the Orange Bowl. The always mouthy linebacker decided to make another statement and took off his jersey to reveal a T-shirt that read: “NCAA: National Communists Against Athletes.” At that point, Oklahoma head coach Barry Switzer dismissed “The Boz” from the team and thus began his estrangement from the program that lasted almost 30 years.
1. Woody Hayes Punches Charlie Bauman
Jacksonville, Fla. – Dec. 29, 1978
I did not include acts of violence on this list because they typically deserve a title other than brash. This one is the exception and tops the list because of the audaciousness of a coach punching a player on another team. As all college football fans know, after Clemson defensive lineman Charlie Bauman snagged an interception to clinch a 17-15 win over Ohio State, Woody Hayes took a swing at him. The legendary Buckeyes coach had a history of volcanic outbursts, but this was the final straw and Ohio State summarily dismissed him the following day.
— Written by Aaron Tallent, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Tallent is a writer whose articles have appeared in The Sweet Science, FOX Sports’ Outkick the Coverage, Liberty Island and The Washington Post. Follow him on Twitter at @AaronTallent.