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North Carolina OKs P.J. Hairston's return to practice

P.J. Hairston averaged 14.6 points per game last season with the Tar Heels. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)P.J. Hairston averaged 14.6 points per game last season with the Tar Heels. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

North Carolina announced Thursday afternoon that senior wing P.J. Hairston, indefinitely suspended earlier this summer for off-court issues, would be with the team when it begins official practice on Friday.

"P.J. has done, to this point, everything he's been asked to do, and done it with an outstanding attitude and a sense of remorse for his actions which put him in this position," head coach Roy Williams said in the release. "He knows he made a series of mistakes and understands very clearly that he embarrassed his family, our program and the University. But he's worked hard to get to where he could once again practice with the team."

Williams was not at all pleased with Hairston's series of transgressions, including links to a convicted felon, marijuana possession, a reckless driving citation and a speeding ticket. Hairston is expected to miss some games at the start of the season as punishment, but the length of the suspension has not yet been determined (or at least publicized).

The number of games will be interesting as North Carolina likely will face Louisville in the fifth game of the season, at Mohegan Sun. After that, the Tar Heels are at Michigan State in game seven and host Kentucky in the ninth game of the season. Hairston averaged 14.6 points a game last season and Carolina will needs his perimeter shooting this season.
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