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Young also gets six months of home confinement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A former Alabama football booster
convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for
the Crimson Tide was sentenced Monday to six months in prison.

Logan Young, 64, also was sentenced to six months home
confinement after his release from prison and two years' supervised
release.

U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Breen is allowing Young to
remain free pending appeal.

Young said he was not upset that his chief accuser, former high
school football coach Lynn Lang, pleaded guilty and avoided a jail
term.

"I don't have a problem with that,'' Young said as he left the
federal courthouse."I'm happy with what I got.''

Young said he believes his lawyers have a good chance of
overturning the conviction on appeal.

Defense lawyers have argued since Young's trial began that he
was wrongly charged for violating a state law. They said a high
school coach has no official authority to tell an athlete where to
attend college, meaning Young could not have bribed Lang.

Young's lawyers contended he needs a kidney transplant and could
not get proper medical care in prison. Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred
Godwin said the government wanted a prison term for Young of 24 to
30 months.

Defense lawyer James Neal said Young could have been sentenced
to a fine, probation, house arrest or a combination of alternatives
other than prison.

Defense lawyers gained some ground Monday with Breen declining
to find that the player at the center of the scandal was a
"vulnerable victim,'' a status that could have meant a longer
prison term for Young.

Breen had continued the hearing Thursday after defense arguments
focused on an interview by The Commercial Appeal in which Lang
claimed the family of the player, defensive lineman Albert Means,
got part of the payoff money.

Defense attorney Robert Hutton argued Monday that Means wasn't
hurt by the scheme.

Pointing to the player's testimony that his coach arranged for
another person to take his college entrance exams, Hutton said,
"As a result of this conspiracy, he was able to attend college.''

Assistant U.S. Attorney Fred Godwin told the judge that even if
Means' family got some money,"that doesn't change Albert Means
age, it doesn't change that he was a senior in high school.''

Breen had given defense attorneys permission to subpoena Lang
for the hearing, but they didn't and the former coach wasn't in
court.

Lang said Young paid $150,000 to get Means to sign with Alabama
five years ago. In the newspaper article, Lang said the Means
family got about $60,000.

The NCAA has said Means was unaware his football talents were
being brokered. Means refuses to talk about Lang's allegations.

Young was convicted in February of racketeering conspiracy and
bribing a"public servant.'' He also was convicted of structuring
bank withdrawals to hide a crime, a conviction for which his jury
ordered a forfeiture of $96,100.

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
Ivy Williams, an Alabama assistant, 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.

Lang, the former head coach at Trezevant High in Memphis, lost
his job because of the recruiting scandal and now lives in
Michigan.

He testified against Young while waiting to be sentenced on a
guilty plea to crossing state lines as part of a racketeering
conspiracy. Prosecutors supported Lang's request to avoid prison
and he was sentenced to two years probation and 500 hours of
community service.

Means transferred to Memphis after one season at Alabama and
finished his college eligibility last season.

Breen gave the defense permission to subpoena Lang, but a
defense lawyer said over the weekend that Young's attorneys had
decided against questioning the former coach about his newspaper
interview.

Lang, the chief prosecution witness at Young's trial, said Young
paid $150,000 to get Means to sign with Alabama five years ago. In
the newspaper article, Lang said the Means family got about
$60,000.

The NCAA has said Means was unaware his football talents were
being brokered. Means refuses to talk about Lang's allegations.

Under federal guidelines, the length of a prison sentence can be
extended for the primary architect of a crime that takes advantage
of a "vulnerable victim.''

Defense lawyers contend Lang was a prime mover in the conspiracy
and Means was a willing participant.

Young was convicted in February of racketeering conspiracy and
bribing a "public servant.'' He also was convicted of structuring
bank withdrawals to hide a crime, a conviction for which his jury
ordered a forfeiture of $96,100.

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
Ivy Williams, an Alabama assistant, 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.

Lang, the former head coach at Trezevant High in Memphis, lost
his job because of the recruiting scandal and now lives in
Michigan.

He testified against Young while waiting to be sentenced on a
guilty plea to crossing state lines as part of a racketeering
conspiracy. Prosecutors supported Lang's request to avoid prison
and he was sentenced to two years probation and 500 hours of
community service.

Means transferred to Memphis after one season at Alabama and his
college eligibility has now expired.