Alabama booster charged in Memphis recruiting scandal

Updated: October 30, 2003, 8:42 PM ET
ESPN

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A Memphis businessman was indicted by a grand jury Thursday for allegedly paying $150,000 to have a promising football player attend the University of Alabama.

Logan Young pleaded innocent to the charges, which include conspiracy, crossing state lines to commit racketeering and arranging bank withdrawals to cover up a crime. He was released without bond.

"We will fight these charges, and that's all I'm going to say," said his lawyer, James Neal.

Young is accused of conspiring with former Trezevant High School coach Lynn Lang and others to influence Albert Means, a highly recruited defensive lineman, to accept an athletic scholarship with Alabama.

Each of the charges in the indictment carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, though federal guidelines would call for a lighter sentence upon conviction.

Authorities say Means apparently knew nothing about the scheme. He played one season at Alabama before transferring to the University of Memphis, where he is on the football team. Means' family has said he relied on Lang's advice in selecting a college in 2000.

Means refuses to talk with the news media, but Memphis coach Tommy West said he has put the scandal behind him and is a valued member of the team.

"Albert didn't have anything to do with it, and as far as we're concerned it's over with Albert," West told WMC-TV.

Lang pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and is awaiting sentencing.

The scandal became part of an NCAA investigation that last year resulted in Alabama being put on five years' probation and banned from bowl games for two seasons. Its number of football scholarships also were reduced.

The university wouldn't comment on the indictment of Young, who was a longtime booster.

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