Businessman and University of Alabama football booster Logan Young is set to go to trial in federal court in Memphis on January 10th in the nearly four-year-old Albert Means case.
Young is charged in a three-count indictment with bribery of a public servant. The government alleges that he paid $150,000 to former high school football coach Lynn Lang to steer Means, a star defensive lineman, to Alabama. Means transferred to the University of Memphis after one year.
One of Young's attorneys, John Pierotti, said that, contrary to implications that might be drawn from a story in The Commercial Appeal this week, Young is not thinking of changing his plea to guilty or seeking a deal from prosecutors.
"Yeah, we're going to trial," said Pierotti, former Shelby County district attorney general. "I don't want to convey the idea that we're looking for an offer."
Pierotti said some confusion may have arisen due to a remark made by co-counsel Jim Neal during a hearing.
"Jokingly, Jim said to the prosecutors, 'Why don't you put our guy on pretrial diversion?'" Pierotti said.
He said the trial date, which follows more than a year of motions and counter-motions, is firm.
"We'll just go at it," he said.
Pierotti said Young is "doing all right," but the case has been hard on him.
He said the defense team is not sure whether it will call University of Tennessee head football coach Phil Fulmer to testify. Fulmer helped build the government's case against Young and Alabama.
"We have not firmed everything up," Pierotti said. "The government might call him." •