Tim Hinton: Keep Your Twitter Straight or Lose an Offer from Ohio State

By Kyle Rowland on July 17, 2013 at 11:35a
Be smart, men.

Ohio State fullbacks/tight ends coach Tim Hinton was in Perrysburg on Tuesday to speak to recent high school graduates about managing life experiences with a competitive spirit. During the course of his speech, he revealed some interesting nuggets. 

Most notable was the revelation that the Buckeyes recently stopped recruiting a highly sought-after player after less than glamorous posts on his social media accounts. 

“Pause before you hit send,” he said. “Once you’ve said it, you’ve said it for a lifetime. Employers pull up your Facebook and Twitter.”

“The things on his Twitter were awful,” Hinton said. “He is disrespectful to women, and his language is awful. We decided not to recruit this kid and he is a big timer. So be smart men.”

Any guesses as to who this modern day Yuri Wright may be?

Hinton also spoke indirectly about Marcus Baugh's recent arrest and the poor decisions that accompanied it. 

“We work really hard at Ohio State, but we make mistakes. We had one recently ... ,” Hinton said. “But we work really hard to educate.”

Education: a combination of talking to players about doing the right thing at all times and Mickey Marotti's DeathChamber™.


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OSUs12-OH's picture

Thank you SO much for this and it proves what I've been saying (and unfortunately have gotten flack for).  I knew that OSU coaches were taking this approach and it's great.  Recruit fine young boys and hopefully mold them into great men.  I see this as the best thing for OSU and the direction they're trying to go.  LOVE IT!

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

AndyVance's picture

I'm very pleased to hear that the staff is not only backing away from obvious knuckleheads, but moreover that they're communicating to young men the importance of getting, and keeping, their proverbial houses in order. Grades, social media, off-the-field issues in general, all play a role in the life of a recruit.
Also, kudos to the staff for taking the importance of educating so seriously.

osu07asu10's picture

I think Hinton is a very underrated member of the staff. He obviously does not have the HC potential of others on staff (Herman, Withers, Warriner) or the star power of others (Vrabel) but he has a huge foundation here in Ohio, does a solid job recruiting, and this is his dream job. 
Hinton is a guy brings a lot to the table and he also is going to be a "glue guy" in the sense that he will give this staff some certainty and longevity as others move on to HC gigs.

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BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

I think vrabel will be head coach material when it's all said and done... Yes, that's what I took from this. 


741's picture

Vrabes isn't even mentioned in this article! haha

willshire58's picture

Anyone have a clue who we stopped recruiting because of their posts? I don't follow recruits or players on twitter so I have no clue who he might be talking about.

BuckeyeSouth's picture

Don't know for sure but my guess would be Da'Shawn Hand.

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rampageripster's picture

That's a poor guess.  Kid is pretty well thought of off the field.

Cause I couldn't go for three

Jhesse17's picture

That guess is pure jealousy. I'm don't have a twitter, so I'm not going to throw any names out there, but you'd think it would be a guy who was high on our radar and then dropped of suddenly. Anybody with a twitter want to cast some light on the situation?

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

No that would bea a cop out, not a guess. Hand is well thought of, volunteers etc 


d1145fresh's picture

But I thought Urban only recruited gangbangers and drug runners for his programs.

Chief B1G Dump's picture

I love this...and in this day and age, it is 1000% necessary.

ColerainBuckeye33's picture

The recruit in question is Sterling Jenkins a 15' OT from PA I believe.He is like 6'8 310 so yea I would say he is big time.I seen some of the comments from the twitter page because they were posted on the weasel scout board.They were some of the worst comments I have ever seen in my life posted on twitter or any public forum or media site.Basically what I seen him say to his buddy was something like. These white ass crackas mad cause i be fawking they lil white bisches or something to that effect but it was alot worse.Funny thing is,is that a weasel had posted the kids twitter because of a negative comment that Jenkins had made about meeting OSU recruits.He said all the UM recruits are cool but it seems to him all OSU commits are arrogant and cocky.Immediately after reading thru his page for about a total of 30 secs I instantly thought there is no way in the world I could ever root for this kid,And these comments will be coming back to bite him in the ass sooner rather then later.Not sure if his page is still full of his racsist,gang related,uneducated,womanizing rants are still available to the public because I refuse to want to read them again.

A wise man once said "success is not final and failure is not fatal"

Jhesse17's picture

It's been deleted..... but that sounds horrific.......

BME_Buckeye's picture

Any chance you could provide a link to the Scout forum where you read the comments. If not, don't worry. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.


Urban Nation Army's picture

I think this is the link but it won't open for me without a subscription

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Buckeye1996's picture

I think you are spot on. I don't normally like to pile on issues like this, but I've seen some of his tweets and they are really really bad. SJ's old twitter account has been disabled and he now has a new one..."strictly for business" as he says.
Edit: I am sure glad the coaching staff has decided to take an aggressive approach towards vetting players via character traits as well as ability right from the get go.

shortbus20's picture

Now that you have been proven wrong are you going to apologize to the recruit?
The person was Robert Foster.     How do you feel  slandering a recruit.

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DJ Byrnes's picture

tim hinton's swagger is ten hundred trillion

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Hovenaut's picture

Not holding my breath, but this sounds like a wonderful opportunity to reference Ohio State (again) at SEC media days...

cronimi's picture

But Ohio State hasn't been referenced at SEC media days.  Oh, you mean "Ohio"....

Hovenaut's picture

Right.....I keep forgetting what the kids call Ohio State these days.

idontsmellgood's picture

"Education: a combination of talking to players about doing the right thing at all times and Mickey Marotti's DeathChamber™."
Reminds me of:


"This kid scares me a little bit because I've seen him on film drop back and ...boom, boom, boom." Tuberville moved his head, mimicking Barrett checking through his progressions. "That scares me right now. Has all week."-Tuberville on JT Barrett

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Citrus's picture

This is how the Baugh situation should be handled. Kid didn't do anything terrible but needs to learn a lesson. Having to run until he pukes will accomplish that. I am sure his parents are quite happy with the coaches for handling it this way.

AndyVance's picture

Even better that Coach Mick made the whole team run the sprints - it's like in the classic movie Stripes, when Sgt. Hulka made the whole platoon do pushups, forced march, etc., because Pvt. Winger (Bill Murray) mucked up again. Peer pressure's a bear, especially when those peers include 80+ PO'd hulks of reckless athletic abandon recently unleashed from a glass case of emotion...

Buckeye Rocket Sci's picture

Having been on a team that had its fair share of extra gassers due to poor off-the-field behavior, I can definitely vouch for the fact that few other things will cause your teammates to rip into you than them being forced to run excessively because you did something stupid. Given that he is a freshman, I can't even imagine how much more they got on him after that. Hope he learned his lesson!

"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence" - Calvin Coolidge

Squirrel Master's picture

good reference although I will go with Full Metal Jacket on that one. When private Pyle had to sit and eat a donut while everyone had to do extra because of him, classic!
Baugh better hope they don't know how to put a bar of soap in a sock!

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Normal Buck's picture

Nice! Also thought of Full Metal Jacket when I read that.  (As well as Private Blade, who had the same effect on my platoon in basic).

Northbrook's picture

We had Saunders in my platoon and we were all doing pushups from the allotted time until he finished. We learned quick to do whatever it took to get him through that run on time. It is all about unit cohesion. Work as a team to get it done - you aren't just looking out for yourself.

Citrus's picture

Spent a few years in the infantry myself. The worst part isn't the social pressure as much as the guilt one feels for letting others down.

Toilrt Paper's picture

His biggest problem is he HAD and used an illegal ID. He wasn't gonna play  much this year so he should be made the best in shape player on the team. I have no idea how you can be out drinking at 1:30AM after a Marotti meat grinder then have to get up 3 1/2 hours later to go through another one. I would say Baugh had already been puking  a lot with his night life schedule.

toad1204's picture

I might throw up just thinking about it.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

ralEbuckI's picture

Not that it's the best thing to gain recognition for but without some more information, let's not impose johnny f's lightweight status onto Mr. Baugh.

captain obvious's picture

I think the veteran players need to handle this and show the incoming freshman how to be smart about things.
Punishing the whole team is genius

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Danify's picture

Way to go Coach! Proud of how successful he's been since leaving as head coach @ Marion Harding! As a guy who's played under him as a coach, Ohio State has got a winner through and through.

Michibuck's picture

Good move by OSU staff. Good to learn a little more about Tim Hinton.

Bucks's picture

I enjoy twitter for quick updates from things I'm interested in or a quick convo/joke with someone local (Lori Schmidt, Beau Bishop, Etc). Don't look at recruit handles very often. Exception being articles about a current target or interview.
I have to say, there have been a few times that reading that article/interview & then looking at things said on person(s) feed have been shocking, to say the least.
Think before you speak is nothing new. Think before you click submit/send is still fairly new. Once you do, it's usually out there for perm reference.

BuckeyeNationProblems's picture

I think vrabel will be and can be a great hc. 


MN Buckeye's picture

This is a good reminder to all of us that what we put out there is permanent. I try to remember that email, facebook, or any text on the internet does not communicate sarcasm or irony very well and that my sense of humor may not be appreciated or understood by everyone.  
But it is NEVER acceptable to tweet or post anything racist, sexist, or overtly offensive.

1967Buck's picture

  The more I read about Tim Hinton, the more I like him. Glad that UFM brought him back home.    Go Bucks.

unholy bucknut's picture

Tim Hinton said it all when it comes to twitter. Before you hit send take a minute see if you really want to say it. You should treat your twitter as if your Grandma was going to read it i think.

Stinson's picture

I love this so much.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." -Wayne Woodrow Hayes