North Carolina web boards (along with other teams) have lit up for days with rumors about what will happen to the two guards still not able to play this season. To the point where I have stopped reading most of the stuff, as it has become worst than when the team loses a game. Many said that the doom and gloom would happen today. Well…
At today’s weekly press conference it was announced that… both junior P.J. Hairston and senior Leslie McDonald will not play Friday night against Holy Cross. Wait for it… nothing else was announced. So much for doomsday!
This should end the speculations that today was “doomsday” for the Tar Heels when talking about the pair of guards still out. Of course while these rumors will have to die down, mark my words, new ones will be coming right behind them, as more “inside info” is leaked out “by someone or other” that are in “the know” and have picked a selected few to know about what is going on.
Meanwhile, from the only sources I listen to, the people that can officially say something, it was told that the university is still waiting official word from the NCAA on sanctions. Lastly, the official told the media that there won’t be a game by game update on the perimeter players and their status when it comes to playing. Basically informing all that when the NCAA decides then Carolina will let it be known.
What does this all mean?
First off that if you listen to the rumors on the web boards you should also follow this rule…
Second, unless it comes from the North Carolina Athletic Department it is nothing but speculations or rumors or a combination of both. And the more we get wrapped into those, the more we are going to fall into listening to the BS that is out there.
As you can hear in the presser (which I will load when it goes on YouTube) head coach Roy Williams says “the best player at practice is P.J. Hairston”, meaning the junior is working with the team, which should lead all to believe that when it comes to him the school has no problems, which could squash a lot of the rumors saying that he lied to coach Williams! And since a lot of the rumors were he lied to both the school and the NCAA, those too could also be a lot of bunk!
To be noted, sophomore J.P. Tokoto, according to coach Williams, is the second most impressive player up to this point. Which goes hand in hand with the way the young man played his first game of the season last Friday.
[Please Note: Once press conference is uploaded to YouTube I will insert into the post]
Marcus Paige on the Hairston/McDonald saga: "I'm honestly extremely frustrated… It'd be nice to know."
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) November 14, 2013
In the end, what we know for sure is pretty simple. Tomorrow night North Carolina will host Holy Cross in their second game of the season. And of course ISPORTSWEB will have both a preview and a recap of the game!