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'Bama booster convicted for bribing coach
By wire services
Published February 3, 2005
MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A federal jury convicted millionaire businessman Logan Young on Wednesday of paying $150,000 to get a top recruit for Alabama.
The jury deliberated for about 51/2 hours before returning the verdict.
Young, 64, was convicted of conspiracy to commit racketeering (by breaking state bribery laws), crossing state lines to commit racketeering and arranging bank withdrawals to cover up a crime.
He could get prison time and pay a large fine. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years but federal guidelines would call for a lighter sentence.
Defense attorneys used closing arguments to highlight the chief accuser's history of lying and the legal standard for "reasonable doubt."
But prosecutors said bank and phone records bolstered the testimony of their lead witness, former Trezevant High School coach Lynn Lang.
Lang testified that Young, a longtime Alabama booster, bribed him with a series of cash payments to get highly recruited defensive lineman Albert Means to sign with Alabama in 2000.
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 that Lang was lying.
Neuheisel angered ex-AD
KENT, Wash. - Former Washington athletic director Barbara Hedges said she was angry with Rick Neuheisel after he admitted, after days of denials, that he had interviewed for a job with the San Francisco 49ers.
The former Huskies coach is suing the university and NCAA over his June 2003 firing, which came four months after he met with former 49ers general manager Terry Donohue and even held preliminary contract negotiations by telephone.
In King County Superior Court, Hedges said Neuheisel told her repeatedly from Feb. 6-12, 2003, that he wasn't interested in the 49ers job, nor was there any contact with the NFL team.
When Neuheisel was fired, Hedges said he had been warned about additional lies and cited his June 4, 2003, interview with NCAA investigators who were looking into the coach's high-stakes gambling on NCAA basketball.