Eric Prisbell: Lack of Reinstatement Request for PJ Hairston, ‘Extremely Telling’
Eric Prisbell from USAToday joins Mac and Jim to discuss what appears to be the end of the UNC off-court drama surrounding PJ Hairston.
On who’s holding up the Hairston decision: I’ve been saying Leslie McDonald will likely get around ten games and PJ Hairston may lose his eligibility for the season and the next move is UNC’s move to make, not the NCAA’s. The perception coming out of the state of North Carolina and the University did nothing to refute the perception was that the NCAA was dragging their feet and I just kept shaking my head. UNC had to submit a request for reinstatement for McDonald and Hairston and they had not done that. The NCAA usual responds in swift fashion and they did with McDonald. It’s extremely telling that they have not requested reinstatement for Hairston. Usually that request is made when you have a firm grasp of all the facts and when you feel comfortable with what the NCAA is likely to do and you’re comfortable with that conclusion.
On UNC misleading the public: I wouldn’t go that far. The national perception among all college athletic fans and followers is the NCAA has a tendency to drag its feet and they have done that, so people assume that’s the case. UNC and Roy Williams didn’t do anything to refute the notion, but Roy’s not in the middle of all this. This involves lawyers, compliance officers, and PJ’s family and he has a basketball team to worry about, so I would not put all the fault on Roy Williams with that, but the release that came out yesterday opened a lot of people’s eyes.
Eric lays out the entire timeline of PJ’s transgressions, including where things went sideways and a 8-10 game suspension turned into much more, the three potential outcomes for PJ, and the chances for UNC to make a run in March.