April 11, 2006


Alabama booster convicted in recruiting scandal found dead

The Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Logan Young, the booster convicted of bribing a high school coach to get a top recruit for Alabama, was found dead Tuesday in his Memphis home, his defense attorney said.

Memphis police were on the scene of Young's home investigating the case as a 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.

"We're treating it as a mystery homicide," Higgins 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.

Young was 64 when he 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 in the case involving the peddling of defensive lineman Albert Means.

A "mystery homicide"? What on earth is that?

Anyway, an awful and terrible fate for Mr. Young. Given the nature of his life, you would probably be safe in saying he had far more enemies than friends, especially when you consider the way in which he exited life.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 11, 2006 11:06 AM

Terry, I'm in Memphis. This story broke on local television around 10AM. At first it was "found dead" but then became "was murdered." The police are being very tight-lipped about releasing information. He apparently fought against whoever killed him. They don't yet know if it was a revenge killing for the Means thing, or a robbery gone horribly wrong (he lives in an exclusive rich area in the city), or what.

Folks who want Memphis local news can try:

Posted by: mike hollihan at April 11, 2006 11:35 AM

Thanks for the extra info, Mike.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 11, 2006 11:44 AM

"Mystery Homicide" is what jumped out at me, too, Terry. As opposed to... what? A "palpable" homicide? A "clear" homicide? What?

Posted by: Grouchy Old Yorkie Lady at April 11, 2006 12:26 PM

My only guess is that they mean to say it's a homicide, but they don't know the assailant or the motive. Still, an odd sort of statement.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 11, 2006 12:55 PM