MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A federal jury in Memphis convicted
millionaire businessman Logan Young Wednesday of paying $150,000 to get a top football recruit for Alabama.
The jury deliberated for about five-and-a-half hours before
returning the verdict. The 64-year-old Young was convicted of
conspiracy to commit racketeering, crossing state lines to commit
racketeering and arranging bank withdrawals to cover up a crime.
Young could receive prison time and a heavy fine. The charges
carry a maximum penalty of 15 years behind bars, but federal
guidelines would call for a much lighter sentence.
The lead prosecution witness, former Trezevant High School
coach Lynn Lang, testified that Young bribed him to get highly
recruited defensive lineman Albert Means to sign with Alabama in
Lang told jurors he got money from two other colleges, Georgia
and Kentucky, and offers of cash, jobs or free law school from
Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi, Michigan State and Tennessee.
Former coaches Rip Scherer of Memphis and Jim Donnan of Georgia,
and former Alabama assistant Ivy Williams testified for the defense
that Lang was lying.
Lang has pleaded guilty to conspiracy in the case and is
cooperating with prosecutors as he awaits sentencing.