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What kind of punishment is PJ Hairston looking at?


We all know the story of PJ Hairston and the rental cars by now.

The answer that everyone is looking for has less to do with what happened in the past and more to do with what is going to happen in the future: how long is Hairston going to have to sit out next season?

He’s been cleared of all charges stemming from getting pulled over driving without a license on June 5th, meaning that there will be no legal ramifications for the drugs and the guns that were found outside the vehicle. But that doesn’t mean that Roy Williams won’t take that chance to punish Hairston; just because he’s innocent in the eyes of the court doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll get a free pass from his coach.

But in that case, we’re probably only talking a couple of games.

The bigger issue is how the NCAA is going to view the fact that Hairston was riding around in a car that was paid for by someone else, namely convicted felon Haydn ‘Fats’ Thomas.

Andrew Carter of the Raleigh News & Observer did some digging here:

“Assuming (Fats) Thomas is not classified as an agent … Hairston is looking at repaying the value of his use of the rental car, and possibly a suspension up to 10 games or so depending on how many days he used the car,” [John] Infante [of the Bylaw Blog] wrote in an email. “This is also assuming that is the extent of the benefits he received.”


Including taxes, fees and a $165 towing charge, the daily rental rate of the Yukon was $420. The daily rate for the Camaro came to nearly $80. Combined, the charges for the cars came to more than $500 for the two days Hairston drove them.

$501-$700 of impermissible benefits will get you a three game suspension. The sliding scale increases as more money is involved, and we don’t know just what the NCAA will be able to dig up regarding Hairston’s use of rental cars or if there were other impermissible benefits.

The bigger issue, however, will be if the NCAA can somehow determine that the money came from an agent. Remember this? The NCAA has already been looking into a connection between Hairston and Rodney Blackstock, the agent that caused all that ruckus with Ben McLemore.

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Wichita State’s Anton Grady improving after being hospitalized

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Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.

According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.

The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.

Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.

The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?