North Carolina coach Roy Williams called the unceremonious end to P.J. Hairston's playing career "probably the most difficult and saddest thing I've gone through as a head coach."
North Carolina junior P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald will not play in Friday's season opener against Oakland due to the "ongoing compliance issue" that began this summer.
North Carolina's J.P. Tokoto wanted to contribute more this season, so he changed his number and his game with that purpose in mind.
North Carolina had a busy offseason -- and a not a good busy -- but now the time to put that all behind it and focus on the season has arrived. And the Tar Heels cannot be more relieved.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams said suspended guard P.J. Hairston earned the right to practice when the Tar Heels begin Friday, but a decision to fully reinstate the embattled junior has not been determined yet.