Multiple news outlets reporting this FRIDAY afternoon that U*NC-CH will not be seeking reinstatement for PJ Hairston, thus effectively ending the junior forward’s college career.
There had been much speculation after Leslie “Don’t Call Me Ronald” McDonald was cleared by the NCAA to play prior to the Tar Heels’ game vs Texas this past Wednesday, and subsequent announcements were made to the effect that U*NC-CH had not yet filed for Hairston’s reinstatement.
UNC’s P.J. Hairston will not return to Tar Heels (NewsObserver.com)
[Roy] Williams said he is “extremely disappointed for P.J., his family and our team as he will no longer be playing basketball at North Carolina. P.J. made mistakes and I was very disappointed by his actions and now he is suffering the very difficult consequences. He is not a bad kid; he just made some mistakes.”
Hairston, the Tar Heels’ junior guard who led the team in scoring last season, had missed the first 10 games of the season amid NCAA eligibility concerns. Those concerns arose in the summer, when he was arrested in Durham while driving rented 2013 GMC Yukon that had been paid for by Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a Durham resident and felon.
P.J. Hairston will not return to North Carolina (CBSSports.com)
The University of North Carolina will play its 2013-14 campaign without one second of contribution from P.J. Hairston. The junior forward has been suspended to this point amid an NCAA investigation into rental cars he drove in the offseason, rental cars connected to an ex-convict.
On Friday the school announced it would not seek reinstatement for Hairston, meaning his career at the school is officially over. The announcement comes two days after fellow Tar Heel Leslie McDonald was cleared to play following an investigation by the NCAA.
“Unfortunately P.J. made a number of mistakes that placed his eligibility at risk and the University’s joint review with the NCAA made it clear that seeking reinstatement for P.J. would not be possible,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball. We also want to thank Coach Williams for the way in which he has held the team together over the early stages of this season despite not having two veteran players and for the level of care and concern he has for the young men on his team.”
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