Young should#039;ve bet on a better horse

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 3, 2005

The Logan Young trial that began Monday in Memphis has entered the third day of the projected two weeks that the trial will last. For those of you who don't know who Logan Young is, he is a wealthy man from Memphis that is being charged with racketeering for paying Lynn Lang, a former high school football coach in Memphis, $150,000 to persuade and make sure that Albert Means, a promising defensive tackle from the school Lang coached at, signed with the University of Alabama in 2000.

If convicted, Young could face 15 years in prison and a hefty fine.

Lang shopped Means around, without the youngster's knowledge, to Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Florida State and Michigan State looking for the best offer possible.

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Looking back on the events that sent shockwaves through the Tennessee and Alabama administrations - one question to Young would be; "Was it worth it?"

All personal feelings aside about the University of Tennessee and the University of Alabama - but couldn't Young have found a better horse to put his money on, so to speak?

Every member of the VolunteerNation and the TideNation have seen how big of an impact Means made on the field.

Think about it, this guy sacked more bags of fast food then he did quarterbacks during his tenure at the heralded Capstone.

As an unfortunate side effect to one fan's over-zealous checkbook, the Crimson Tide was basically scalded without mercy by the NCAA.

To add another dimension to this soap opera with an unworthy leading actor, it's obvious to me that Montgomery attorney Tommy Gallion is on a personal crusade to have University of Tennessee coach, Phillip Fulmer's job. While court documents prove that Fulmer was a "secret witness" in the case Gallion feels that Fulmer played the role of whistleblower to the NCAA, turning the Tide in for the Means "transaction."

"I hope [Judge Daniel Breen] looks around and sees that this is a conspiracy," said Gallion recently.

The reality is that if Gallion would use some of his legal voodoo, he could compel the NCAA to open their documents in the case. But, if he did that, then he would see that Fulmer was indeed talking to the NCAA officials. But he was not the only one bending the NCAA's ear, there were others talking to the NCAA too.

Think about that Tommy.

Whether or not this scandal affected Means' ability to excel on the field is questionable, but he only stayed in Tuscaloosa for one year before transferring to the University of Memphis where he finished his football career.

It's really sad when people motivated by money try to do their part to damage an institution that is, these days, primarily ruled by money.

Just look at how the NCAA handles the national championship.

It's that simple.

Griffin Pritchard is sports editor of The Greenville Advocate. He can be reached at 383-9302, ext. 122 or by email: