North Carolina coach Roy Williams will allow suspended guard P.J. Hairston to practice with the team when it begins workouts Friday.
Williams suspended his leading scorer indefinitely in July after he was charged with speeding and reckless driving. He had also twice been cited by authorities during the offseason while driving a rental vehicle linked to a felon.
In a statement Thursday, Williams said it is Hairston's "first step toward permanently earning his place back on the roster" and that Hairston would sit out an undetermined number of games. In a news conference after that release, Williams said he has put Hairston through 18 days of extra conditioning work and stripped him of any leadership role on the team as part of his punishment.
He said he'll make a final decision on Hairston's punishment before the season opener Nov. 8 against Oakland. When asked whether the NCAA was involved in that process, Williams said, "I can't speak for what the NCAA is doing or not doing. I kn...