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Bama booster convicted in recruiting scandal found dead
CBS SportsLine.com wire reports ^ | April 11, 2006 | AP NEWS

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.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Tennessee
KEYWORDS: alabama; albertmeans; bama; booster; collegefootball; crimsontide; homicide; loganyoung; memphis; mpd; ncaa; ticprice; tide; uofm; young

1 posted on 04/11/2006 10:59:11 AM PDT by OrangeDaisy
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To: OrangeDaisy

We kind of take our football seriously here, down south.


2 posted on 04/11/2006 11:01:56 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: TXBSAFH

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.


3 posted on 04/11/2006 11:03:06 AM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: TXBSAFH

Yep, motives all over the place.


4 posted on 04/11/2006 11:03:32 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: TXBSAFH
"I heard that there was blood everywhere. That is all I know"

Hmm, kinda a crimson tide sort of thing.

5 posted on 04/11/2006 11:03:41 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: hometoroost

Now, that wasn't very nice. Bless your heart.


6 posted on 04/11/2006 11:04:05 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: hometoroost

Alabama one of the 5 states that sell uncle daddy christmas cards.


7 posted on 04/11/2006 11:06:14 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Proud Dad of Twins, What Does Not Kill You Makes You Stronger!!!!!!)
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To: hometoroost

But north of Memphis the family trees look like telephone poles.


8 posted on 04/11/2006 11:06:30 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Self appointed RNC Press Secretary for Smarmy Sound Bites.)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
"Bless your heart."

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.

9 posted on 04/11/2006 11:07:16 AM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: hometoroost

I'm positive your hometown has at least one ignorant jerk in it.


10 posted on 04/11/2006 11:07:35 AM PDT by Mister Da (Nuke 'em til they glow!)
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To: TXBSAFH

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.


11 posted on 04/11/2006 11:09:39 AM PDT by CrazyJoeDivola
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To: Mister Da; hometoroost

Wow, ease up. It was a joke.
And it was funny. :)

Anyone notice freepers seem to be humorless lately?


12 posted on 04/11/2006 11:09:51 AM PDT by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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To: OrangeDaisy

Call him Deacon Blues.


13 posted on 04/11/2006 11:10:20 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: TXBSAFH
We kind of take our football seriously here, down south.

WAY too seriously.

14 posted on 04/11/2006 11:11:42 AM PDT by Ditto
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To: OrangeDaisy

Have you heard of the man who is foaming at the mouth who is holding hostages at a SE grocery store?


15 posted on 04/11/2006 11:12:07 AM PDT by MamaB (mom to an Angel)
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To: OrangeDaisy
"We're treating it as a mystery homicide,"

Strange wording... Is that a term of art? Makes it sound like a game or a work of fiction...

16 posted on 04/11/2006 11:12:16 AM PDT by Zeppo
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To: hometoroost

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?".


17 posted on 04/11/2006 11:12:28 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: hometoroost

You do realize that Mr. Young was a Vanderbilt alum?


18 posted on 04/11/2006 11:14:23 AM PDT by WRhodesTider
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To: hometoroost

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.


19 posted on 04/11/2006 11:17:21 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: WRhodesTider
"BTW, this happened in Memphis, which is not in Alabama."

Yes, but the suspect is probably from Alabama. Y'all are taking this joke WAY too seriously.

20 posted on 04/11/2006 11:17:49 AM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: CrazyJoeDivola
BTW, this happened in Memphis, which is not in Alabama.

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.

21 posted on 04/11/2006 11:18:58 AM PDT by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: hometoroost

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.


22 posted on 04/11/2006 11:21:06 AM PDT by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: WRhodesTider
"You do realize that Mr. Young was a Vanderbilt alum?"

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.

23 posted on 04/11/2006 11:23:30 AM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: Tuscaloosa Goldfinch

Oh my, I see we attended the same Charm School. ;-)


24 posted on 04/11/2006 11:24:40 AM PDT by Quilla
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To: BamaAndy

Have you read "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer"? Great book about Bama football and its followers.


25 posted on 04/11/2006 11:25:45 AM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: Quilla

LOL!


26 posted on 04/11/2006 11:26:02 AM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: TXBSAFH
We kind of take our football seriously here, down south.

A lot of TIDE fans are reading this, shaking thier heads and saying silently "Good, the boy needed Killin'"

27 posted on 04/11/2006 11:28:44 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to protect it.)
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To: TXBSAFH

What does an Auburn cheerleader say after sex?


"Get off me Daddy, you're crushin' my cigarettes!"


28 posted on 04/11/2006 11:31:46 AM PDT by Crawdad (So the guy says to the doctor, "It hurts when I do this.")
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To: OrangeDaisy

I'm sure most Alabama fans think Phil Fulmer did it.


29 posted on 04/11/2006 11:34:38 AM PDT by cpanter
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To: hometoroost

This did not happen in Alabama!!!!!!


30 posted on 04/11/2006 11:41:10 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: CrazyJoeDivola
Logan Young does not deserve one once of respect.

He never respected the law and he never respected someone else's marriage.

I am sure that it was a jealous husband that killed him.
31 posted on 04/11/2006 11:44:50 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: SmithL

AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!!!!!!!


32 posted on 04/11/2006 11:47:16 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: dfwgator
Call him Deacon Blues.

Qutie possibly the coolest song of all time.

33 posted on 04/11/2006 11:48:10 AM PDT by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: cpanter
I'm sure most Alabama fans think Phil Fulmer did it.

Nah, Fulmer was at the doughnut shop at the time.

34 posted on 04/11/2006 11:49:11 AM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: hometoroost

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.


35 posted on 04/11/2006 11:52:31 AM PDT by BamaAndy (Heart & Iron--the story of America through an ordinary family. ISBN: 1-4137-5397-3)
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To: dfwgator

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.


36 posted on 04/11/2006 12:13:58 PM PDT by cpanter
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To: cpanter

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.


37 posted on 04/11/2006 12:18:50 PM PDT by dfwgator (Florida Gators - 2006 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions)
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To: dfwgator

Thanks. Same here. Yall should be even better next year as well. The Sec East will be tough.


38 posted on 04/11/2006 12:22:38 PM PDT by cpanter
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To: gov_bean_ counter
But north of Memphis the family trees look like telephone poles.

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.

39 posted on 04/11/2006 12:26:27 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys - Can't drive, can't fly, can't ski, can't skipper a boat - But they know what's best.)
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To: hometoroost
...there aren't any Vanderbilt boosters at risk of doing jailtime for buying players

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.

40 posted on 04/11/2006 4:34:15 PM PDT by SmithL (Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.)
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To: SmithL

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.


41 posted on 04/11/2006 8:14:21 PM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: mariabush

Yes, but the point is someone FROM Alabama did it.


42 posted on 04/11/2006 8:16:10 PM PDT by hometoroost (TSA = Thousands Standing Around)
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To: mariabush
I am sure that it was a jealous husband that killed him.

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?

Memphis saga reads like novel

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.

Shocking? Yes.

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...

43 posted on 05/02/2006 1:45:26 PM PDT by archy (I am General Tso. This is my Chief of Staff, Colonel Sanders....)
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To: SmithL; CrazyJoeDivola; GailA
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.<

The deal fell through when they found out they'd have to take West Memphis as well.

44 posted on 05/02/2006 1:47:38 PM PDT by archy (I am General Tso. This is my Chief of Staff, Colonel Sanders....)
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To: CrazyJoeDivola
BTW, this happened in Memphis, which is not in Alabama.

Wait until the next time the Mississippi floods.

45 posted on 05/02/2006 1:51:21 PM PDT by archy (I am General Tso. This is my Chief of Staff, Colonel Sanders....)
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To: TXBSAFH
We kind of take our football seriously here, down south.

I've got to tip my hat to the departed Bama booster.

We may have had gunfire in dorms, a felonious quarterback and
assorted "fireworks" at the University of Oklahoma...but no
suspected murder of a booster.

Taking one for the team this way...that's commitment.
(OK, even if it was involuntary)
46 posted on 05/02/2006 1:55:10 PM PDT by VOA
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To: CrazyJoeDivola
Gentlemen please, a man has died a violent and horrific death, I think a little respect is called for in this situation.

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.

47 posted on 05/02/2006 1:56:08 PM PDT by archy (I am General Tso. This is my Chief of Staff, Colonel Sanders....)
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To: archy
I was watching a movie the other day that was a true story. A man had two wives that had "accidentally" fallen down the stairs and died.

The children of the woman insisted that it had to be murder and after exhuming the bodies, sure enough it was determined to be just that. Murder.


And, yes Memphis loves a great scandal.
48 posted on 05/02/2006 1:57:23 PM PDT by Coldwater Creek ("Over there, over there, We won't be back 'til it's over Over there.")
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To: Zeppo
"We're treating it as a mystery homicide,"

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....


49 posted on 05/02/2006 2:00:21 PM PDT by archy (I am General Tso. This is my Chief of Staff, Colonel Sanders....)
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