News from the Tennessee Valley Columnists
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2006


In strange defense of Logan Young

Only in Alabama could you restore a man's reputation by claiming he had an affair with a married woman.

That seems to be the case with disgraced Crimson Tide booster Logan Young, who died this month after falling down the stairs of his mansion in Memphis.

A jury of Tennesseans convicted Young of racketeering conspiracy, believing that he withdrew large sums of cash from his bank to steer a lineman to The University of Alabama.

As a result of the allegations, the NCAA stripped scholarships from Alabama, imposed a bowl ban and created a mob of angry fans.

Now, however, a friend says Young may have given that cash to a lover rather than for football recruiting.

Which leads to a tough question.

Would you rather be eulogized for having an affair or for sabotaging the Alabama football program?

It's a moral dilemma that hinges upon your rulebook.

The Bible mentions coveting your neighbor's wife, but doesn't address cheating in football recruitment. NCAA guidelines mention buying football players, but don't address thy neighbor's wife.

So, do you want to be a sinner at the hands of an angry God or a rogue booster at the feet of the Bama nation?

Many a man has met his end while sneaking out the back door of his neighbor's house, but Young took danger to a new level when he reportedly sneaked into Bryant-Denny stadium on several occasions to watch Alabama play.

With Young's death, we may never know the whole truth about this case.

Federal prosecutors used bank withdrawals that Young made to prove he gave a Memphis high school coach $150,000 in exchange for lineman Albert Means signing with Alabama.

Young's friend said lawyers could have more vigorously defended the accused in court if Young had been willing to tell the truth about giving money to his married girlfriend.

But Young wanted to protect her honor.

The friend said Young and the woman were together only during a time that she was not with her husband. He stressed that Young was not a homewrecker.

To fans, he was something worse. He was a bowlwrecker.

Scott Morris Scott Morris
DAILY City Editor

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