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An athletic tutor at UNC resigns over way Roy Williams handled P.J. Hairston situation

Oct 5, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

PJ Hairston AP

After a summer plagued with arrests and scandal, P.J. Hairston had done enough to get back into Roy Williams’ good graces that he was allowed to rejoin the team for their initial preseason practices.

“P.J. has done more conditioning this preseason than any player I’ve ever had,” Williams said last week. “He’s done more than three times more than any player I’ve ever had. He has not asked me the question yet, but I know it’s in his mind – he’s wondering if he’s on a track scholarship.”

Ole Roy declined to describe exactly what Hairston’s punishment was or what the requirements were to end his indefinite suspension, but it’s not difficult to read between the lines and figure out that Hairston, at the very least, has done quite a bit of running, kept himself out of trouble (and from speeding), and, at some point, will have to miss some games.

If all goes according to plan, North Carolina will play Louisville in their fifth game of the season, the final of the Hall of Fame Classic. I’m sure I’m not the only one expecting a four-game suspension for the Tar Heel’s leading returning scorer.

But for one athletic tutor, that wasn’t enough. Here is the letter that Jack Halperin wrote the editor of The Daily Tar Heel in full this morning:

Roy, after 23 years as an academic tutor, and after going through the devastating football scandal, I am resigning in protest of your disgraceful decision to allow P.J. Hairston to remain on the team.

If I were arrested driving with no license, illegal drugs and a gun in a felon’s car, my employment at this University would end immediately.

Hairston’s DTH headline quote was, “I will play this season.” Since when does the criminal decide his fate?

Jack Halperin
Athletic academic tutor

An email sent to Halperin by on Saturday morning was not immediately returned.

  1. seanb20124 - Oct 5, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Once all the charges were disposed of in your favor I would assume UNC would welcome you back.

    If it really bothered you that much, you would forgo your pension as you sail into retirement.

  2. papaw9446 - Oct 5, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    Even tho ‘Old Roy’ is from my home town, he missed this one by yielding to the backstage pressure, and the school dropped it by buying Hairston out of his charges.
    For Shame, NCAA!

  3. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Oct 5, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Roy proves he doesn’t give a sh!t about North Carolina’s integrity.

  4. cdawg1969 - Oct 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    All you holy people need to get a fricken grip. He screwed up. Who hasn’t? I’m not talking same offenses, but who on this page hasn’t done something stupid? I know I have, and I know I’ve learned from my mistakes. One run of bad decisions doesn’t ruin the kid. If it becomes a habit, yes, he’s done. What strikes me as funny is he’s a UNC kid so he’s horrible, yet Marshall Henderson has done twice as much for three times as long, yet you hear squat about him (at least where I’m at, you hear nothing).

    Get over yourselves and your perfect lives and let this story die. If it happens again, adios….if not, get over it.

  5. shafted1 - Oct 5, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    @cdawg1969. It appears you’re missing the point. Hairston screwed up by doing something stupid. We all agree on that. What you’re failing to acknowledge is, Hairston screwed up again and did so with as much arrogance as he could muster.

    UNC has already done more than enough to receive the NCAA’s ‘death sentence’ if those violations were committed by any other university. Combine that with the arrogance of Hairston and it’s no wonder folks are disgusted. The worst possible thing Roy Williams could’ve done is precisely what he did.

    As for Ole Miss and Marshall Henderson, I agree. Henderson should’ve been kicked off the team for his antics. However, Ole Miss hasn’t been accused of changing grades, providing fake classes for students in an effort to maintain some minimal grade point average or any of the other acts of misconduct committed by UNC.

    The lack of integrity at UNC cannot be excused by pointing the finger elsewhere with unfounded claims against other universities. UNC has an established pattern upon which folks have every right to judge them. The sad part is that the NCAA has chosen to turn a blind eye to the whole ordeal.

    Based upon your own standard, ” If it happens again, adios….”

  6. shafted1 - Oct 6, 2013 at 3:17 AM

    Mr. Jack Halperin’s actions indicate that he possesses and intends to maintain his integrity. That’s more than folks can say for Roy Williams, the university president or the athletic director. I applaud Mr. Halperin for his decision!

    Every alumunus of UNC should be following his lead. It’s a sad day when former and current faculty, staff and students display so little pride in their alma mater. All I can say is, I hope the Tar Heels win the national title this year. Maybe, just maybe, that’ll justify stooping so low in hopes of winning.

  7. ncarolinarn7 - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Oh please. If some of the posters here lived there lives with same zealous fervor as what they stated here wonderful. Most all are hypocrites. Sin is sin whether you look at a situation and think about with a heart motive or actually carry through in deed. Oh and hey folks most all of us weren’t called to be judges also. This is all going to get fair judgement. I promise. All the other misdeeds and inequalities of the world are you equally as adamant? Relax life isn’t worth it and by the way your own plate is FULL!

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