Well, the wait is finally over for Tar Heels fans, but the news isn’t good: suspended guard P.J. Hairston’s basketball career at North Carolina is officially over. The junior has missed 10 games this season awaiting an NCAA decision on his eligibility following several incidents with rental cars this offseason, and school officials announced today that they would not be applying for Hairston’s reinstatement based on the circumstances.
UNC AD Bubba Cunningham broke the news via a release:
“We all wish this had turned out differently for P.J. and the University. We first learned of this situation back in the summer and getting to this point took a great deal of time because the University, the NCAA and P.J.’s family took great care to learn as many of the facts as were possible to learn. I know everyone, from P.J. and his family, to the basketball team, our fans and the media, wanted this process to play out faster than it did. However, it took the time that was necessary and ultimately came to this difficult conclusion.”
Head basketball coach Roy Williams said that he is sad for Hairston:
#BreakingNews – Roy on PJ: “I am extremely disappointed for P.J., his family and our team as he will no longer be playing basketball at UNC”
— Derek Rowles (@DerekRowles) December 20, 2013
RW: From a personal standpoint this is the lowest I’ve come from in 26 years of coaching.
— Carolina Basketball (@UNC_Basketball) December 20, 2013
Earlier this week, the NCAA reinstated another UNC guard, Leslie McDonald. The Tar Heels are 7-3 on the young season and play host to Davidson tomorrow night in Chapel Hill.