North Carolina will not seek reinstatement for P.J. Hairston
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- North Carolina will not seek reinstatement from the NCAA for junior guard P.J. Hairston, who already has already sat out 10 games this season due to eligibility issues.
"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," director of athletics Bubba Cunningham said. "The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball."
Hairston hasn't played all season while the school and NCAA worked to resolve eligibility questions, many stemming from the use of cars linked to a felon and party promoter in Durham earlier this year.
Hairston has practiced with the team and has been on the bench for home games.
The NCAA cleared senior Leslie McDonald to return earlier this week after he missed the first nine games due to receiving improper benefits in a related case.
Hairston scored 707 points and made 127 3-pointers in 71 games as a Tar Heel. Last year, he led UNC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and connected on 89 3s, the second-most in Carolina single-season history.
"I am extremely disappointed for P.J., his family and our team as he will no longer be playing basketball at North Carolina," head coach Roy Williams said. "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."