USA Today Eric Prisbell: “This Is A Really Fascinating Case For North Carolina And The NCAA”

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The Drive Monday 7-8-13 – Eric Prisbell from the USA Today joined The Drive to delve a little deeper into the recent reports about P.J. Hairston and his troubles in Chapel Hill.  They get into how the method of Boosters has evolved over time as they give athletes cash, cars and other advantages.  They also ask him about the other names in these reports Fatz Thomas and Rodney Blackstock on just who these guys are.  Finally they ask Eric about what he thinks would be the worst case scnerio for the Tar Heels and for P.J. Hairston.

A report surfaced that PJ Hairston and NBA agent Rodney Blackstock, both from Greensboro, have a relationship. 2 months ago Blackstock was accused of giving $10,000 to an AAU coach to steer Kansas G Ben McLemore to sign with him after he declared for the NBA Draft. Prisbell was asked about the relationship between Hairston and Blackstock.

“UNC is taking that very seriously and they are looking into that relationship to see if there are any potential violations out there.”

The man at the forefront of this investigation gave us the questions he would like to see answered soon.

“The question I want answered is when North Carolina officials became aware of the May 13th speeding in the Camaro(by Hairston) and what did they do to look into it?

Fans of North Carolina are obviously worried about the repercussions of Hairston’s actions. Prisbell gave us insight into the worst case scenario for PJ Hairston and UNC.

“The absolute worst case scenario is that PJ Hairston, the NCAA would rule that he took impermissible benefits to the extent that he cannot participate next year, that he his ineligible.”

The USA Today College basketball reporter was asked about the lack of action by UNC regarding PJ Hairston and his current situation.

“I am pretty surprised at this point that PJ Hairston has not been suspended indefinitely, pending an investigation. It would appear, to most people out there, that there is at least enough evidence out there to warrant that.”

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