No surprise here at all, but North Carolina made it official today and announced that the Tar Heels will start the season without P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald, a pair of guards who are under NCAA investigation in separate cases that likely involve impermissible benefits.
The school has never publicly explained the reason for the NCAA investigation.
Hairston, though, was in trouble throughout the summer and was caught driving rental cars paid for by a convicted felon. McDonald, meanwhile, wore a designer mouth guard in at least one game last year, and appeared in promotional material for Iceberg Guards, the mouth guard manufacturer.
Asked whether he was optimistic that Hairston would play at all this season, Williams said he was – but that he was also optimistic the Tar Heels would go “75-0.”