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South Carolina Newspaper Apologizes For Ryan Hilinski Headline

Ryan Hilinski throws a pass against Missouri.

COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 21: Ryan Hilinski #3 of the South Carolina Gamecocks throws a second quarter pass against the Missouri Tigers at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)

A South Carolina newspaper is having a rough Sunday after a headline involving South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski was called out for being insensitive.

South Carolina fell yesterday at Missouri, with Hilinski struggling in his third career start. He completed just 13-of-30 passes for 166 yards, one touchdown and an interception that was returned for a score.

The headline on The State's sports section today read "Hilinski Hope Sinks." Seems innocuous, until you consider the Hilinski's Hope charity is named after Ryan's brother Tyler, a former Washington State quarterback who tragically took his own life in January 2018.

Not surprisingly, The State is taking heat for this word choice. It is blatantly inappropriate given the circumstances. On Twitter, The State official Twitter account released an apology, saying the use of the headline was not intentional but still inexcusable.

If you continue to read the thread from The State, the outlet goes into detail about how its headlines are produced. It's not an excuse, but a possible explanation.

Hopefully all parties can move on from this unfortunate incident quickly.