No Review of Referee's Actions Planned

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State athletic officials don't plan to look into the conduct of a referee responsible for last week's ejection of prep star OJ Mayo.

Secondary School Activities Commission Executive Director Mike Hayden says he had received no complaints about referee Mike Lazo before last Friday. That night Lazo called two technical fouls on Mayo in the fourth quarter of Huntington High's game against Capital in Charleston.

According to Lazo, Mayo came into contact with him, causing the referee to fall to the floor as he approached the scorer's table. Huntington High coach Lloyd McGuffin alleges that Lazo faked the fall.

Lazo declined comment on the game Wednesday.

The SSAC doesn't oversee referees in the same manner as college conferences and pro sports. Hayden says his agency doesn't review game calls unless a referee asks it to.

In addition to Mayo, five Huntington teammates also got two-game suspensions for leaving the bench. A judge issued a temporary retraining order and set a February Ninth hearing in Cabell County Circuit Court.

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