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Posted on 04/11/2006 10:59:07 AM PDT by OrangeDaisy
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An Alabama booster convicted of bribing a high school football coach to get a top recruit for the Crimson Tide was found dead Tuesday in his Memphis home, and police were investigating it as a homicide.
Logan Young was convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for the Tide. (AP) Police hadn't yet confirmed the body was that of Logan Young, but his defense attorney said it was the Alabama booster.
"We're treating it as a mystery homicide," Sgt. Vince Higgins said in a telephone interview.
He said officials assume the victim was Young but needed to use fingerprints and dental records to confirm the identity.
"Suffice it to say, there was quite a physical struggle in this and this individual was injured severely," he said.
Nashville defense attorney Jim Neal said he had been told the body was found by a housekeeper.
"I've had two or three calls about it, all to the same end, found killed in his home. ... I heard that there was blood everywhere. That is all I know," Neal said.
Higgins said Young's housekeeper found the body after she arrived for work this morning. The body had not been removed from the house and no family members immediately arrived at the house.
The 65-year-old Young was convicted under federal law of money laundering and racketeering conspiracy in the case involving the peddling of defensive lineman Albert Means.
Young was sentenced last June to six months in prison and six months home confinement then two years supervised release. But he had been allowed to remain free pending his appeal.
His attorneys had argued Young needed a kidney transplant and could not get proper medical care in prison.
Former high school coach Lynn Lang, who avoided jail time after pleading guilty to taking part in a racketeering conspiracy, testified against Young, saying the booster paid $150,000 to get Means to sign with Alabama in 2000.
The NCAA has said it believed Means was unaware his football talents were being brokered. The player later transferred to Memphis, where he finished his college career.
Lang testified at Young's trial that other universities, including Georgia, Kentucky, Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi, Michigan State and Tennessee, offered him money or jobs to get Means.
No charges were filed against anyone with those schools. Three former coaches, Rip Scherer of Memphis, Jim Donnan of Georgia and Alabama assistant Ivy Williams, testified Lang was lying.
Means' recruitment became part of an NCAA investigation that led to sanctions against Alabama in 2002, costing the Crimson Tide scholarships and bowl appearances.
We kind of take our football seriously here, down south.
This is going to be a tough one for CSI. In Alabama there are no dental records and the DNA's all the same. Sorry, couldn't resist slipping in that joke.
Yep, motives all over the place.
Hmm, kinda a crimson tide sort of thing.
Now, that wasn't very nice. Bless your heart.
Alabama one of the 5 states that sell uncle daddy christmas cards.
But north of Memphis the family trees look like telephone poles.
I have lived in the South long enough to know that is not a very nice thing to say. But it was worth it seeing as something like this is about the only chance a Vanderbilt grad has of shaking his head in wonder at the Alabama football program.
I'm positive your hometown has at least one ignorant jerk in it.
Gentlemen please, a man has died a violent and horrific death, I think a little respect is called for in this situation.
BTW, this happened in Memphis, which is not in Alabama.
Wow, ease up. It was a joke.
And it was funny. :)
Anyone notice freepers seem to be humorless lately?
Call him Deacon Blues.
WAY too seriously.
Have you heard of the man who is foaming at the mouth who is holding hostages at a SE grocery store?
Strange wording... Is that a term of art? Makes it sound like a game or a work of fiction...
Oh, you want to play rough, huh? The last time I went up to your neck of the woods (to a shotgun wedding by the way), instead of "friends of the bride or friends of the groom?", the usher asked me "Ford or Chevy?".
You do realize that Mr. Young was a Vanderbilt alum?
I think we were actually pulling for Vandy recently -- I'm NOT into sports, unlike most people in my family, but I remember you all were playing someone my dh really didn't like.
Yes, but the suspect is probably from Alabama. Y'all are taking this joke WAY too seriously.
Several years ago, Georgia sued Tennessee, claiming that Chattanooga actually belonged to them. I overheard more than one Nashvillian saying that we would let them have Chattanooga if they took Memphis, too.
Well, you got me to laugh out loud--
Story is an awful one of course... never knew him and hope they find who's responsible quickly.
I didn't but, I can tell you based on our football record that there aren't any Vanderbilt boosters at risk of doing jailtime for buying players.
Oh my, I see we attended the same Charm School. ;-)
Have you read "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer"? Great book about Bama football and its followers.
A lot of TIDE fans are reading this, shaking thier heads and saying silently "Good, the boy needed Killin'"
What does an Auburn cheerleader say after sex?
"Get off me Daddy, you're crushin' my cigarettes!"
I'm sure most Alabama fans think Phil Fulmer did it.
This did not happen in Alabama!!!!!!
AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!!!!!
Qutie possibly the coolest song of all time.
Nah, Fulmer was at the doughnut shop at the time.
heheh--no, I haven't but I am very familiar with the phrase in a cheer--use it here in Tennessee to respond. :)
Thanks for the reference.
Truth be told, the whole TN family was in Memphis last night. Bruce Pearl, Fulmer, etc....
I'm waiting for the Bama fans to start fanning the flames.
By the way, congrats on the Championship. As a TN fan, it hurts me dearly to say that. But, I gotta root for the SEC though.
Bruce Pearl did a heckuva job this year. UT played us tough, in two close games that almost were identical, UT's defense was relentless and that's why they won against us both times. We learned some valuable lessons from those games that served us well in the tournament.
Next year, UT will be better, they faded a bit down the stretch, but Pearl has laid a good foundation. Looking forward to more good battles with you guys.
Thanks. Same here. Yall should be even better next year as well. The Sec East will be tough.
And UT grads are confused on how all them poles growed up in a straight line.
UT color is orange so the fans can wear it hunting on Friday, football game on Saturday, pick up highway litter on Sunday and go back to county jail on Monday.
How do you get a UT grad off your front porch? Pay him for the pizza.
I've been told that Vandy Boosters would be glad to buy a football player if they could find one that could actually autograph the football.
I knew the Vandy program was different the first year I followed the team. The starting QB was an engineering major with a 3.6 GPA. As the commercial says - he went pro in something other than sports.
Yes, but the point is someone FROM Alabama did it.
You're not the only one who thinks that. But there was at least one other Memphis-area sports scandal that could provide a motive for a revenge murder- if Young was involved. Did he have a fax machine?
Tuesday, April 18, 2006
It was nearly two years ago that Phillip Shanks, one of Logan Young's closest friends and among his many legal advisors, was found beaten and unconscious at his office on the outskirts of Memphis.
Shanks claimed that valuable documents -- critical to the Logan Young case, as well as that of Ronnie Cottrell in his civil trial against the NCAA -- were ransacked. The local police never pursued the case other than a cursory glance, even giving off the distinct impression that the entire episode had been staged. Shanks claimed he gave the police the person he was absolutely convinced had mugged him -- with weighty University of Tennessee connections -- and nothing ever happened. Cold case.
Then, last week, on the day Young was found, apparently brutally murdered, Shanks called me. He said he was finally going to reveal the person for whom the Memphis millionaire was covering.
"Logan Young fell on the sword," Shanks said in reference to Young's decision not to testify at his federal trial. Many drew from Shanks' comment that Young had risked going to jail to protect someone in a lofty position, perhaps a man officially connected to the University of Alabama. Immediately, tongues started wagging.
This was not surprising. Tommy Gallion had often talked about information he had received in his investigation of this case which indicated that Young was protecting "the big man." Gallion even indicated that prosecutors had offered Young a deal of no jail time if he would rat out this person for whom the chattering class had narrowed down to two well known names.
Then, two days after Young's body was found, as police were inexplicably and stunningly changing their story about the cause of Young's death, Shanks wanted to come forward with the truth. Shanks said he felt obliged to help clear the name of his now dead friend.
Shanks said Young wasn't protecting anyone whose name you would recognize. Instead, the Memphis divorcee had a relationship with a woman (who was separated from her husband at the time) and in typical Young fashion, supported her "lavishly," to the tune of more than $100,000. Yes, you guessed it, Shanks said on cue, the withdrawals he gave to her (always less than $10,000 so he wouldn't have to declare it), corresponded with the ones the federal prosecutors charged he had funneled to high school coaches in Memphis to buy Albert Means for Alabama.
Believable? Not so fast.
Some immediately joked that Shanks' story may not have proven that Young was innocent, but it did strongly indicate that Shanks really had been beaten and hit on the head. ...CONTINUED...
The deal fell through when they found out they'd have to take West Memphis as well.
Wait until the next time the Mississippi floods.
He's very lucky he wasn't caught selling driver's licenses to illegal aliens. They sorta frown on that sort of thing around Mem-town.
Strange wording... Is that a term of art? Makes it sound like a game or a work of fiction...
Captain Renault: Major Strasser's been shot. Round up the usual suspects. Take them to police headquarters....