Monday, July 22, 2013
3-point shot: Onus now on P.J. Hairston
By Andy Katz
1. Inside Carolina first reported Monday morning that all charges against North Carolina's P.J. Hairston were dismissed on Friday, stemming from a June 5 arrest that included a misdemeanor marijuana possession. A Durham County clerk confirmed to ESPN.com that the charge was dropped, although Hairston does have a speeding ticket to be heard on Aug. 2. North Carolina coach Roy Williams issued a statement last week that there would be serious consequences for Hairston's actions but the school has been waiting for the legal process to end. Well, now it essentially has but Williams was clear that there are no games or practices in July. So, it will be interesting to see how UNC handles Hairston in the fall. He put himself in a position to be in trouble but now has escaped any serious legal issues. There has been a lot written about this case, the rental car, who rented it and how the Tar Heels have dealt with the situation. North Carolina can survive if Hairston isn't available early in the season. Whether the Tar Heels have him or not for the potential showdown against Louisville in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off game at the Mohegan Sun may not matter. Hairston could have declared for the draft. He did not and chose to return. But NBA teams are aware of this incident and will be watching him going forward. The onus is on him to behave and be an upstanding citizen for UNC and in the area if he wants the questions to fade.
2. First Steve Forbes, now Scott Monarch is back in Division I. Forbes was part of the Tennessee staff that got dumped over the allegations from a barbecue with a recruit and subsequent statements over the event that followed. Forbes didn't lie to investigators but still had a one-year show cause. Forbes was a successful junior college coach at Northwest Florida, winning 66 games and reaching the national title game before landing back in a high-profile position as an assistant at 2013 Final Four participant Wichita State. A year ago, Monarch was fired at Marquette after not giving truthful responses over whether or not he provided gear and transportation to a recruit. Head coach Buzz Williams had to sit a game to start the Big East schedule due to the violation, even though he wasn't a participant. Now, Monarch is back in Division I at North Texas, working for former Marquette associate head coach Tony Benford. The coaching bonds are strong and these show how coaches can come back from an NCAA issue as long as they have relationships and networked well. Burn the bridges, turn your back on someone and getting re-hired soon in Division I will prove to be extremely difficult.
3. Transfers are coming to every program in America. Deal. No program is above the add on of players. And coaches are realizing that they must add players mid-stream who they may not have recruited. The latest examples are at TCU where the Horned Frogs added Chris Washburn Jr. from UTEP and Trey Zeigler of Pitt. Georgia Tech added Tennessee's Trae Golden. It has become increasingly apparent that programs can't survive without adding a transfer at some point to balance the classes or simply for an infusion of talent.