UNC basketball: Still no update on P.J. Hairston, Leslie McDonald

11/14/2013 5:03 PM

11/14/2013 5:04 PM

North Carolina guards P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald won’t play on Friday night when the Tar Heels host Holy Cross. Beyond that, though, their status continues to be in limbo, and could be for the foreseeable future.

Steve Kirschner, a UNC athletic department spokesman, had this to say before Roy Williams’ regularly-scheduled press conference earlier today:

“The university and the NCAA are still working together to resolve an eligibility issue. There’s no timetable. It’ll be done when it’s done … when something changes I’ll let you know.”

So there you have it. No resolution. No answers.

Lots of uncertainty. Still.

This isn’t a surprise, mind you. The NCAA, as everybody knows, sometimes moves at a glacial pace. But that hasn’t made this situation any less frustrating, as Marcus Paige, the sophomore guard, said earlier today.

“I’m honestly extremely frustrated,” Paige said. “I know a lot of us are. It’s tough, you know. It’d just be nice to know, so you know you can move on. But it’s not in my power. So that’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

Roy Williams is frustrated, too, though he didn’t exactly put it those terms on Thursday.

“It’s what it is,” he said. “And you know, everybody is trying to do their best. And we’re trying to move along. … But it’s what it is. So we just go with it, do the best we can.”

UNC beat writer Andrew Carter


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