Chapel Hill, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - North Carolina guards P.J. Hairston and
Leslie McDonald will be held out of the 12th-ranked Tar Heels' season-opening
game against Oakland on Friday due to what the university termed an "ongoing
Head coach Roy Williams told the media Thursday that a resolution on both
players' eligibility status is still pending. The Raleigh News Observer
reported that the NCAA is conducting separate investigations as to whether the
two received impermissible benefits.
Hairston led the Tar Heels in scoring at 14.6 points per game as a sophomore
last season and connected on 89-of-225 attempts from 3-point range. He had
been suspended by Williams in late July following a citation for reckless
driving, but was given a go-ahead to practice with the team on Sept. 26.
The 20-year-old also was arrested for marijuana possession while being stopped
by police in a rented SUV back in June, though those charges were ultimately
dropped after Hairston completed a drug assessment program.
McDonald, the lone scholarship senior on this season's North Carolina roster,
averaged 7.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in a reserve role in 2012-13. He was
suspended for three games during his junior campaign for academic reasons.
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