Milton star Mann loses sleep over suspension; GHSA defends call

Charles Mann, the Milton point guard who can’t play in the state basketball semifinals Thursday because of technical fouls called on him in the third round, says he’s losing sleep over the events of his final high school game last week and wonders if officials aren’t out to get Milton, the state’s No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAAA.

Milton, a polarizing team because of the many star players who have transferred into the school to play for a nationally ranked program, plays Harrison at the Gwinnett Place Arena at 8:30 p.m.

‘’It’s affected me a lot,’’ Mann said of the technicals and the resulting two-game sit-out penalty. “I think about it every day. It’s hard for me to sleep at night. I didn’t want my last high school game to end like that. It hurts, especially not being there for my team in that kind of environment in the final four. That was my dream to play for a state championship.’’

The technicals occurred in Milton’s victory over North Gwinnett on Saturday in Carrollton in the AAAAA quarterfinals. Online videos of the second technical call have made the call one of the most controversial in recent years in Georgia high school basketball.

On the first technical, Mann and a North Gwinnett player had contact during a dead ball while getting position for an inbound pass. In the third quarter, Mann broke free on a dunk and was called for taunting.

“The ball got kind of stuck on my arm, and I was just trying to hit it back,’’ Mann said. “I turned around and was ready to play defense, and the official behind me called a technical. I don’t know why. He didn’t see my face. The official in front of me was ready to let us keep playing.’’

The Georgia High School Assocation does not consider appeals over judgment calls such as this one and typically won’t review tape of a game unless there is a protest or complaint filed by a member school.

GHSA associate director and basketball coordinator Ernie Yarbrough said Wednesday that Milton had not asked for a review, but he said he did view a tape of the Milton-North Gwinnett game and believed the calls were correct given the temperament of the game. Players on both sides were seen going at it verbally at times during the game, though no other technicals were called.

Yarbrough also said that the referee who made the call was not assigned a semifinal game, but not because of his performance. Yarbrough said the official’s name had been revealed on an online message board, leading to a flurry of negative calls and e-mails to the official, whom Yarbrough described the official as an experienced college referee and one of the highest-rated that the GHSA employs.

Still, Mann said the outcome made him paranoid that Milton is targeted. The team became a sudden state power in 2008, when future Division I signees Dai-Jon Parker and Shannon Scott moved into the district to join existing stars Julian Royal and Evan Nolte. When Parker, Scott and Royal graduated, the team reloaded this season with transfers Mann and Tevin Glass.

With a victory Thursday, Milton will become on the second boys program in 75 years to reach the finals of the highest classification for four straight seasons.

“I just felt like people just don’t want to see us win,’’Mann said. “I just feel we’ve had a target on us from day one, and they called the game unfair, especially with those two technicals. I didn’t say anything. I didn’t taunt. The other team was playing dirty and did some taunting things to us, and the officials didn’t see it or call it.’’

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March 8th, 2012
10:25 am

This wasn’t his first or second tech for doing this. He has been taunting all year and has gotten 5-6 technical for this same thing Isn’t he the one who was suspended for an illegal move forcing Milton to forfeit 3 games too stop with the poor Mann angle


March 8th, 2012
10:42 am

It’s absolute bull. That doesn’t get called as a tech 99% of the time. The other ref who actually saw the kid’s face didn’t call it.

New Rule…there shall be no looking at your opponent after making a shot. That’s too inflamatory. All students must turn their backs and look at the floor when returning to their side of the court to play defense. Also…pressing has now been banned b/c that requires looking at your opponent. Also, you may not be competitive and desire to actually beat your opponent. You should also take no joy in dunking on an opponent that has been chippy and physical the whole game without getting called for a tech.

Stupid. GHSA needs an appeal system.


March 8th, 2012
10:45 am

Mann got exactly what he deserved.


March 8th, 2012
10:47 am

I have watched the video, there is no excuse for that ref to make that call on that play. If he is one of the best the GHSA has to offer, then they need to go look for some more refs. I sympathize with the teams that have been hurt by Milton’s transfers, but maybe the GHSA should get more involved in that situation and less involved trying to ruin A private schools by seperating the playoffs next year. If you are going to allow the transferring, then you shouldn’t try to even the playing field through officiating.


March 8th, 2012
11:02 am

If the ref called that “T” to make up for the other technicals he should have called against Mann, then he is a worse ref than I thought. Referees must have thick skin and short memories. Again I say, there is no excuse for that ref to make that call on that play. The GHSA should be ashamed of that call and their defense of that call on the basis that there was alot of chippy behavior between the two teams. Call it when it happens, don’t try to make up for it later when the score is out of hand. It only makes you look incompetent, which is what that poor ref looks like now.

Farland Cobb

March 8th, 2012
11:12 am

I absolutely am not a Milton fan due to all of the illegal and un-ethical behavior that goes on at the school but after reviewing the video, that call was outrageous reguardless of how the games atmosphere was going. There is no such thing as a example setting or make-up call that effects a kids career. Piss- Poor officiating. If GHSA stands behinds its officials so much, then stand behind your rules as well. The rule since the beginning of time is there is no recruiting in high school ball and It is not a secret to anyone on earth that all the stars that Boyd brings in year in and year out do not live on MILTON road. Nor did the ones he recruited to Tucker & Berkmar while there. I hate the call but Karma is a inevitable factor. You reap what you sow in the words of the man upstair. Also I applaud my sons coaches whom will remain nameless, but they practice daily against bad calls in practice to prepare themselves for battle with the other team and the bad officiating they see yr round. Most schools should start this practice because GA officiating is at the bottom of the barrel in this country


March 8th, 2012
11:20 am

If you look at the video Mann back was turned to the referee . So how could the referee see his face and expression after the dunk. The referee was standing by the scores table. NG fans you have players from every team taunting. So don’t make it seem like Milton is the only team thats doing it. GHSA REFEREE are bad anyway, because i watch all 4 game thats was played at GWINNETTI ARENA yesterday and the officiating was horrible. Alot of hard fouls wasn’t called , but the little touching fouls was called. They like too have let the MG and Jonesboro game get out handin the 3rd quarter.


March 8th, 2012
11:44 am

To understand why the both calls were correct would require actually reading the NFHS rule book and especially the points of emphasis section. It would also require a review of the entire game from the moment the officials entered the floor. This is a high school game governed by national rules, not an “And One” game.


March 8th, 2012
11:53 am

If those kids went back to the short shorts that magic, bird and Isiah wore, we would not have these issues. Give me my ball back, I don’t wanna play anymore.

Rodney Dangerfield

March 8th, 2012
12:02 pm

Sick of self promoting 18 year old prima donnas (prima dons?), but no way this should have been a T.


March 8th, 2012
12:04 pm

That was a awful call by that ref. Mann was about 15ft away from NG player. You can’t make that call & the associate director can’t defend that call. I see why Ga has some of the worse refs I’ve ever seen. When have the people in charge defending calls like that what can you expect.

Good Grief

March 8th, 2012
2:29 pm

Watched the video. It would be one thing if the ref who was becoming the new trail called the Tech because he could see Mann’s face. The slot official did not have a good view and it almost makes it looks like he was “fishing” to make that call.

His statement Milton did not ask for a review means nothing because there is no appeals process.

Describing the official to the reporter as an experienced college referee and one of the highest-rated that the GHSA employs. Opens GHSA officiating to more ridicule.


March 8th, 2012
2:43 pm

Sources say that Milton has asked for a review. How does GHSA say that have not asked for one but yet knows that they can’t get one anyway. How does the GHSA not have a system fo review any ejection, not asking to rule on every game, just every ejection, especially during the state tournament that they (GHSA) have complete control over.


March 8th, 2012
2:44 pm

As another referee for GHSA, this was a blown call. After seeing the video of this incident, there was no need for this official to call that technical. Now, maybe there were other incidents in the game that warranted a technical foul, but this certainly did not. From the look of it, the kid turned around to find the kid he was supposed to play defense on and thats it! After watching the video and seeing who the official was, this official has trained me before and is credible. However, here he made a clear mistake. This was a bad judgement call.

Stuff Happens

March 8th, 2012
3:22 pm

As a coach in another sport in GA, I can say that the GHSA does not care about the players or the teams. They protect their own union based refs. There is no real evaluation process for refs and coaches that submit negative reviews sometimes get black listed. The only sport with any type of good officiating is football. I have even seen bad judge’s calls at the state swim meet and still the GHSA protects the offices and not the student athletes.


March 8th, 2012
4:51 pm

So this is what officiating has come to. That was one of the worst calls I’ve seen in years. The game should be determined by the players, not the Refs. He inserted himself into the game just for a powertrip. “I’m the BiG Bad Ref, and what I say goes out here on this court. You players just better be glad I even allow you to play.” Now, I don’t bye the racist thing; I thinks it’s more of a POWER thing. I don’t root for Milton nor do I dislike them, but If they lose a chance a championship because a REF wants to prove a point, that would be pretty low. Also, I am so tired of the baby-ball and political correctness that is in our sports today. I’m just Say’n.


March 8th, 2012
5:12 pm

Watch the first 5 minutes of this game and you will see the Milton players taunting. Once the game got close both teams were going at each other all night. Johnson also picked up a Tech for his actions, but his head leveled off afterwards. These officials aren’t out to get Milton. From the very start of this season Coach Boyd tweeted how awful the GHSA Officials are. Don’t you know your players follow you and will exhibit the same respect to officials that you criticize.


March 8th, 2012
5:49 pm

North sounds like you are jealous of Milton and their coach. You know that was a bad call and the official who made the call couldn’t see Mann face. All he saw was his numbers on the back of his jersey. You can’t blame Milton for taunting , when every team does it when they are getting best of a team.It is not right , but the officials and coaches let their players get away with it at all levels of sports.


March 8th, 2012
6:13 pm

Time for Mr. Mann to become a Mann. The world doesn’t revolve around you, nor is it fair. Move on. Try to clean up your image, or you won’t be a Bulldog for long.

Tonie Parker

March 8th, 2012
9:21 pm

Charles Mann is an excellent basketball player. You haven’t heard the last of him. He will be drafted to an NBA team so all of those losers stop “Hatin”


March 8th, 2012
10:31 pm

Milton plays dirty every game every year and now they wanna cry cause they got caught on it? PLEASE!! The ref made the call not only for this certain play, but for all the other dirty crap that Mann was doing in the game leading up to this play. Go to youtube and type in Charles Mann and taunting. You will understand why the refs are tired of him and his behavior on the court. And drafted to the NBA? Man please. He was getting schooled against North and he couldn’t handle it. He ain’t even close to being ready for what’s to come in the ACC.

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March 9th, 2012
12:43 pm

Who cares if he was a college official’That was a BAD call!!!


March 9th, 2012
2:55 pm

Good call. He squared and that’s not allowed.