P.J. Hairston will not return to the basketball court for North Carolina. The University announced on Friday that it will not seek reinstatement for the junior guard from Greensboro.
Hairston led North Carolina in scoring last season and hit the second most three-pointers in school history. This season he has missed 10 games following a summer full of legal issues. Carolina is 7-3 this season.
"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," says director of athletics Bubba Cunningham. "The University thanks him for his contributions to Carolina Basketball."
Hairston’s trouble began last May when he was cited for speeding. He followed that with an arrest for marijuana possession and driving without a license by Durham police.
"I am extremely disappointed for P.J., his family and our team as he will no longer be playing basketball at North Carolina," says head coach Roy Williams. "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.