Posted November 07, 2013 on
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James Michael McAdoo
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North Carolina coach Roy Williams is ready to go big again.
The Hall of Fame coach came to this decision well before he learned he would be without two of his top guards.
The 12th-ranked Tar Heels won't have leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald for Friday night's opener against Oakland due to NCAA eligibility concerns.
''It's an ongoing issue, a compliance issue with the university and the NCAA,'' team spokesman Steve Kirschner said Thursday. ''We're working together on that, but they're not playing. Really that's all we can get into at this point.''
Authorities twice cited Hairston during the offseason while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon, raising the possibility of an improper benefits violation. He averaged a team-high 14.6 points and 39.6 percent shooting from beyond the arc last season to help the Tar Heels go 25-11 and reach the NCAA tournament.
The school hasn't specified McDonald&...
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And so the drama year begins. The North Carolina basketball season is about to tip off the season and there is no word yet from the NCAA about either P.J. Hairston or Leslie McDonald. The only thing that is certain is that neither of the players will play tomorrow night at the Dean Dome when UNC starts its season against Oakland.
You can check out the press conference here.
Once again rumors are flying around about P.J. Hairston, who was pulled out of yesterday’s practice, meaning that the college web boards are buzzing like a swarm of bees. Stories about the guard have been flying around on so many web boards, be it North Carolina ones, as well as the usual ABC’ers like NC State and Kentucky, that the shooting guard is done for this season.
A bit of new information on P.J. Hairston's case from USA Today's Eric Prisbell. Trudy Faulcon, who is the mother of Miykael Faulcon, the Elizabeth City State basketball player who was arrested with P.J. Hairston on June 5th, says she told the NCAA about the number of times she witnessed the North Carolina junior driving rented cars.
Faulcon's account to the NCAA alleges...
North Carolina won't have leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald for the No. 12 Tar Heels' opener against Oakland on Friday due to NCAA eligibility concerns.
Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said the review is ongoing and didn't elaborate further.
Authorities twice cited Hairston during the offseason while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon, raising...
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – As the calendar prepares for one last turn ahead of North Carolina’s season opener against Oakland, it has become apparent that the P.J. Hairston decision is no longer in Roy Williams's hands.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams knows he won't have leading scorer P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald for at least the season opener. The Hall of Fame coach is still waiting to find out how long the two will be out.
The school said Hairston and McDonald would sit out for the No. 12 Tar Heels' game against Oakland on Friday night because of NCAA eligibility concerns...