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Young denies actions despite conviction

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former Alabama football booster Logan
Young denies ever buying a player for the Crimson Tide despite his
conviction in federal court for bribing a high school coach to get
a top recruit.

Young, a Memphis businessman, also told The Birmingham News that
allegations by Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer that he had steered a number of prospects to Alabama in the 1990s were "preposterous."

Young, 64, was convicted of paying Memphis high school coach
Lynn Lang to steer recruit Albert Means to Alabama. Lang testified
that Young paid $150,000 to land Means. In June, Young was
sentenced to six months in prison and six months home confinement
to be served after his release from prison, followed by two years
of supervised release.

Young, who remains free pending appeal, said he's pleased with
the sentence but still maintains his innocence.

"I didn't do it, but what the jury said I did is all that
matters," he told News columnist Kevin Scarbinsky in a story
Wednesday. "I was tickled pink with the sentence. That's the least
it could have been."

He also said he is confident he will be healthy enough to get a
kidney transplant by the end of August.

Alabama cut its ties to Young as an NCAA investigation involving
him led to sanctions against the Tide football program. But Young
disputed former Alabama assistant coach and player Jeff Rouzie's
statement that legendary Tide coach Bear Bryant once warned his
coaches to keep their distance from Young. In a column last week,
Scarbinsky said Rouzie confirmed that he made the statement to the
NCAA in 2001.

"That's not true. That's a lie," Young said. "... I know
Coach Bryant didn't say it."

The Memphis businessman said he had a "special relationship"
with Bryant.

Young, who did not testify in his criminal trial in Memphis,
denied some of the allegations Fulmer made to NCAA investigators
and then-Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer, including
claims that Young bought a truck for defensive linemen Michael
Myers and a house for defensive lineman Kindal Moorehead or his
mother.

"It makes Fulmer look like a bigger liar than he already is,"
Young said. "He's over the edge. He threw everything on the wall
and hoped some of it stuck."

Fulmer's attorney, Jeff Hagood, said Wednesday that Fulmer
wasn't the only SEC coach who reported wrongdoing in Alabama's
recruiting in the Memphis area. He said former Florida coach Steve Spurrier, now at South Carolina, as well as Arkansas coach Houston Nutt, former Mississippi coach David Cutcliffe and "a whole bunch of other coaches for a long time said the same thing."

"I pity Mr. Young and I hope his health improves," Hagood
said. "But as I recall he had a bunch of fine lawyers and a fine
trial judge and a jury of his peers listened for about a week and
found him guilty in a couple of hours.

"And Phillip Fulmer sure didn't testify at his trial."

The NCAA's findings against Alabama didn't include many of the
allegations lodged by Fulmer, which have come to light in a
defamation lawsuit filed by two former Tide assistants in
Tuscaloosa against the NCAA and others. That trial is set to begin
Monday.