Thursday, August 15, 2013

UNC A.D. Bubba Cunningham: P.J. Hairston will play in 2013-14 season

CHAPEL HILL -- P.J. Hairston will play this season, but not in every game. That's what Bubba Cunningham, the North Carolina athletic director, told a group of university faculty members during a question-and-answer session on Thursday.

Cunningham on Thursday spoke at a faculty retreat for the UNC journalism school. Andy Bechtel, an associate professor in the journalism school, posted on his Twitter account Cunningham's answer when asked about Hairston, the Tar Heels' junior guard and leading scorer who has been suspended indefinitely.

"Bubba Cunningham takes a PJ question," Bechtel wrote on his Twitter account. "Will he play? Answer: 'Yes, but not all the games.'"

That was the entirety of Cunningham's answer, Bechtel later said during a phone interview. Cunningham's comments are the closest UNC has come to saying anything about Hairston's playing status for next season.

Hairston was suspended after the North Carolina Highway Patrol charged him with speeding and reckless driving late last month. That followed his arrest in Durham in early June, when he was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license. Those charges were later dropped.

At the time of his arrest, Hairston was driving a rented GMC Yukon that was paid for by Haydn "Fats" Thomas, a Durham resident and convicted felon. Hairston also received a speeding ticket in May while driving another rental vehicle, a 2012 Camaro, that has been linked to Thomas.

After he played in a pro-am at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, UNC coach Roy Williams on Wednesday declined to comment on Hairston.

"Not talking about P.J.," Williams said. "I've read about it all damn summer, I'm tired of reading about, tired of talking about it. If you want to talk about anything else, I'll talk about anything."

Cunningham, the UNC athletic director, also played in the pro-am with Williams and declined comment about Hairston. Cunningham's brief comment on Thursday was the first time that a UNC official has definitively said that Hairston will play this season.

Hairston is facing a potentially lengthy suspension, depending on whether his use of rental cars is deemed to be an extra benefit. If the use of rental cars were an extra benefit, the NCAA could suspend him from anywhere between three and nine games - or more - depending on the monetary value of the benefit. Williams said in a statement last month that Hairston would face "serious consequences."

- Andrew Carter

39 comments:

Anonymous said...

Of course he will. unc-chEAT is above the law.

Roy Williams said...

This none of anyone else's business. He made a mistake and has been punished already and his reputation tarnished. He's a kid, who hasn't made bad mistakes at that tender young age? Keep on hating ABC'rs

Big Marvin "Anchorman" Austin said...

Huh, WTF? The real ballers get suspended the whole year for nothing like this dude did. Dean Smith still rules the athletic department over football, dis ain't right!

Jimmy Thegreek said...

Let it go people, he said he was sorry and will miss a game or two. Vegas needs PJ to even the odds.

Anonymous said...

Cowards at UNCheat will suspend him for home exhibition opener vs. UNC Pembroke. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Play him, they're a #4 seed.

Sit him, they're an #7 seed.

Anonymous said...

ABCers .
Against butthole cheaters.

Was there ever a doubt he'd suit up? It's the free rental CARolina way.

George Hanson said...

If UNC had even a shred of integrity left they'd cut ties with this guy, he's a bad character. Just let him go.

Obviously they don't have a shred, not even a single square...

Anonymous said...

Roy Williams is staying in Charlotte this evening 8/21/2013. Do you know why?

Anonymous said...

CJ Leslie got free apartments for family members and free rentals but no one cares because state sucks.......

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