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December 20, 2013    P.J. Hairston News

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Hairston will not be reinstated by North Carolina. Director of athletics Bubba Cunningham said, "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."

At least the situation, for now, has some resolution, and the Tar Heels can move on. Hairston had an offseason checkered with run ins with the police, including traffic incidents. Leslie McDonald was reinstated Wednesday, so the Tar Heels will have some extra depth on the perimeter despite Hairston's absence.

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P.J. Hairston: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

December 19, 2013

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Hairston remains suspended despite the reinstatement of teammate Leslie McDonald, ESPN.com reports.

After the loss to Texas, coach Roy Williams declined to take questions about Hairston's status or whether the school would submit a reinstatement request on his behalf. North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham did issue a short statement. "The University of North Carolina is working with P.J. Hairston and his family to settle a few unresolved issues that remain," the statement read. "We expect to have this matter resolved at the end of this week." Hairston led the Tar Heels with 14.6 points per game last season.

November 21, 2013

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North Carolina coach Roy Williams said Thursday that Hairston will not travel with the team to Connecticut for the team's final two games of the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament, the Charlotte Observer's Andrew Carter reports.

Hairston will sit out Saturday against Richmond and Sunday against either Fairfield or Louisville. The Tar Heels clearly missed Hairston in their surprising loss to Belmont last Sunday, but they'll have to continue to play without him until his eligibility concerns subside. There is still no timetable for when that might happen.

November 7, 2013

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Hairston (suspension) will miss at least Friday's season opener vs. Oakland due to a compliance issue that first arose during the summer, ESPN.com's C.L. Brown reports.

Hairston and teammate Leslie McDonald are both being investigated for receiving impermissible benefits and will remain out until the matter is resolved by the NCAA. In addition to the compliance issue, Hairston was previously suspended by the team July 28 following his third traffic citation of the summer, with the vehicle he was driving linked to a convicted felon. Hairston led the team with 14.6 points per game last season, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he missed significant time in 2013-14 as a result of the assortment of incidents.

August 15, 2013

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Hairston will miss some games in the 2013-14 due to repeated traffic violations and other legal matters, ESPN.com reports. Coach Roy Williams said that Hairston will play after he serves his suspension.

The swingman has been charged with speeding, reckless driving, and marijuana possession in the past few months. Leslie McDonald will see more playing time while Hairston is out and James Michael McAdoo could have more offensive opportunities in the non-conference slate.

July 29, 2013

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Hairston was suspended indefinitely for repeated traffic violations, the AP reports. The Tar Heel guard was ticketed for driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone on Sunday.

Hairston was expected to be the leading perimeter threat for the Tar Heels in 2013-14, but he will have to work himself back into coach Roy Williams' good graces. The 6-5 junior guard averaged 14.6 points in 2012-13. Leslie McDonald could inherit the bulk of Hairston's playing time, if the suspension continues into the season.

July 23, 2013

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Hairston had charges of marijuana possession dropped on Monday, the AP reports. He could still face some sort of punishment by coach Roy Williams.

Hairston has been cited twice in the offseason while driving a vehicle rented to a convicted felon. If the wing can stay out of trouble, he should lead the Tar Heels (with James Michael McAdoo) in scoring in his junior season. Hairston averaged 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds last season.

June 6, 2013

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Hairston was arrested on Wednesday and charged with marijuana possession, ESPN reports.

Hairston was North Carolina's leading scorer last season and decided to forgo the NBA draft and return for his junior season. It's not clear what fallout he'll face for this, but we'll have to monitor the situation this summer to see whether he'll face a suspension.