Police Continue Investigation into Mysterious Death of Osceola Native Logan Young

photo courtesy WMC-TV
photo courtesy WMC-TV

APRIL 11, 2006 - Posted at 11:49 a.m. CST, updated at 3:52 p.m. CST, updated at 7:41 a.m. on April 12, 2006

NASHVILLE, TN - Logan Young, the Osceola (AR) native and sports booster convicted of bribing a high school football coach to get a top recruit for the University of Alabama, was found dead Tuesday in his Memphis home, in an apparent pool of blood.

Memphis police are investigating the case as a homicide.  Sergeant Vince Higgins, in a telephone interview, said officials assume the victim is Young but will need to use fingerprints and dental records to confirm the identity.  Officers say there was a fierce, bloody struggle, but have not yet disclosed how the 65-year-old Young died.

Police also say they haven't determined how Young's home was entered or how many attackers there might have been.  Authorities are now interviewing friends and relatives of Young.

Nashville defense attorney Jim Neal said he was told the body was found by a housekeeper.

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.  Young became one of the first college football boosters ever to be sententeced to federal prison for recruiting violations.  Testimony at Young's trial said he paid $150,000 to get a Memphis high school football star to sign with Alabama.

Young was reared in Osceola, and was also a generous booster and donor to the athletic programs at Osceola High School in recent years.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)