The wait is over. P.J. Hairston’s fate with the Tar Heels has been decided. The University of North Carolina has chosen not to apply for reinstatement with the NCAA, meaning the Greensboro native will no longer be a part of the team.
Over the summer, Hairston ran afoul of the law with various citations stemming from two traffic stops. The NCAA began an investigation after it was revealed that Hairston was driving a rental car registered to an individual outside of his family.
Carolina’s coach, Roy Williams, put Hairston through a strenuous offseason training regimen with the expectations that the rising junior would regain eligibility. However, as the offseason bled into the regular season, the outlook for Hairston’s future grew increasingly bleak.
In response to the NCAA and university’s decision, Williams offered the following quote:
“I am 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.
“Since summer, P.J. has been outstanding with our basketball program and with his schoolwork. He went through an extremely intense conditioning program with flying colors. He has been called a ‘perfect teammate’ by one of our other players. He has dominated our practices and at times has been as good as any perimeter player I have ever coached, giving great effort to help our team. He cares deeply about Carolina and the basketball program.
“P.J. has learned from this experience and will continue to grow as a player and adult. I will support him and help him as much as I possibly can as he enters this next phase of his life and basketball career.”
The Tar Heels have played inconsistently without Hairston in the lineup, beating the likes of Louisville and Michigan State, but losing to Texas and UAB. It’s an unfortunate ruling for Hairston, but one that now allows the team to move forward.