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Michigan State offered money for player

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by NJ-Buckeye, Jan 26, 2005.

  1. NJ-Buckeye

    NJ-Buckeye They Hate Us cuz They Ain't Us.. Banners are good Staff Member

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    Ex-prep coach says Michigan State offered money for player

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    [size=-1]Associated Press[/size]

    <!-- begin body-content --> MEMPHIS, Tenn. - A former high school coach has testified that three Southeastern Conference schools paid him money for his top football player, including a $150,000 payoff from the University of Alabama. He also says Michigan State offered money for the player.

    Lynn Lang said he received the money on Alabama's behalf from Logan Young, a Memphis millionaire who is on trial on federal bribery and money laundering charges.

    Lang, the former head coach at Trezevant High School, is awaiting sentencing on a guilty plea to racketeering conspiracy. He said he took the money to convince defensive lineman Albert Means to sign with the Crimson Tide in 2000.

    Young's lawyers contend Lang is lying to save himself from a long prison sentence.

    In testimony Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Lang said Alabama paid him money to steer Means to the school along with Kentucky and Georgia. He also testified that Michigan State, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas offered money for Means but never paid.

    Means, who has not been accused of wrongdoing, testified earlier in the day that he let Lang choose his college.

    Others who testified Tuesday were Alabama athletic director Mal Moore and Young's ex-girlfriend, Lisa Mallory.

    Lang said he began shopping Means around to various colleges when he realized in 1999 how many schools wanted him. He said he was referred to Young, a longtime Alabama booster, by former Crimson Tide assistant coach Ivy Williams.

    Lang said he began the bidding for Means at $50,000, and Young "took to it like water."

    Lang testified that former Kentucky recruiting coordinator Claude Bassett gave $7,000 for work at a camp and a Means visit to campus, and that former Georgia head coach Jim Donnan gave $700 "out of his pocket" for work at a camp. He added that Bill Harper, a Georgia booster from Memphis, sent him a $100 bill in an envelope.

    Lang, who made less than $30,000 at Trezevant High, said he kept upping the price until it topped out at $150,000, which he received in a series of payments each smaller than $10,000, the threshold at which bank transactions must be reported.

    Young told him that since the payments were in cash, "If anything happened, it was his word against mine," Lang testified.

    Beginning his cross examination, defensive lawyer James Neal questioned Lang about denials of taking a payoff he made to federal investigators, the NCAA and officials with the Memphis school system.

    Neal was to continue his questioning Wednesday.

    In his testimony, Means said he depended on Lang to deal with college recruiters.

    "He took care of everything else," Means said. "That's why I trusted him."

    Means also said someone else, who was not identified in court, took his college entrance exam for him, and he acknowledged lying about that to a grand jury.

    "I was afraid," he said.

    While entering his guilty plea in 2002, Lang said he arranged for a stand-in to take Means' entrance exam.

    Means, who said he had never met Young, stayed at Alabama for one football season. He transferred to the University of Memphis after reports of a payoff to Lang became public.

    Alabama's recruitment of Means became part of an NCAA investigation that led to sanctions against the Crimson Tide in 2002 that deprived the team of scholarships and bowl eligibility.

    Means finished his college football eligibility last season and expects to graduate in May. He said he hopes to have a professional football career.

    Mallory told the jury Young is a heavy drinker who likes to brag about Alabama football.

    She said Young talked about Means, saying, "He's mine."

    Under defense questioning, she said Young also made similar comments about other high school players who did not sign with Alabama but went to other colleges.
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  2. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Thank god OSU wasn't mentioned, can you imagine ESPIN running with that!

    wow that sounds very familiar to some of the alleged comments by Baker in reference to Troy Smith.
  3. scooter1369

    scooter1369 HTTR Forever.

    What's Javon Ringer driving these days?
  4. ysubuck

    ysubuck Be water my friend.

    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=6 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=alt2 style="BORDER-RIGHT: 1px inset; BORDER-TOP: 1px inset; BORDER-LEFT: 1px inset; BORDER-BOTTOM: 1px inset">In testimony Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Lang said Alabama paid him money to steer Means to the school along with Kentucky and Georgia. He also testified that Michigan State, Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas offered money for Means but never paid.

    Let's see if this makes ESPN.

    "In a scene very reminiscent of the OHIO STATE SCANDAL, lawyers said that some other schools offered to pay money for a recruit. This could end up resembling THE OHIO STATE SCANDAL and the schools that were mentioned might be in trouble JUST LIKE OHIO STATE!"
  5. HINYG8

    HINYG8 You never come back from Copperhead Road

    ESPiN: In other news it seems Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas and Michigan State pulled an Ohio State when recruiting Means....
  6. ysubuck

    ysubuck Be water my friend.

    There is a short article over on espn's college football site. It's on the front page, but it's on the sidebar. No mention of any other schools except Alabama.

    But they aren't out to get Ohio State or anything :smash:
  7. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    The only coaches who could have been involved and are still at the school are Fulmer and Nutt.
  8. OSUBasketballJunkie

    OSUBasketballJunkie Never Forget 31-0

    Its amazing how Fulmer keeps dodging all these scandals and is still seen as a stand up guy by parents.

    Tressel gets ripped in the media and Fulmer has had ten times the issues at Tennesee and gets a pass by the media...its f$%ing pathetic!
  9. cgar

    cgar Newbie

    It still blows my mind, $150,000 for Albert Means? At least they could have paid for a productive player.
  10. I went to a coaching clinic at UT in the early 90's jonny majors last yr before going to pitt I believe. The second morning of the clinic I was walking up the mountain to get to the stadium and spray painted everywhere were racial slurs this was on university grounds.

    Other than that it was awesome and the girls holy $!^^ car loads of blondes every last one all 6' and a knock out .................. my bad got to thinking about my younger days before marriage and kids .............sorry
  11. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    Too bad for McCoy that he must now think about what sanctions might be facing his future coach and school.
  12. LloydSev

    LloydSev DreamWeaver

    No sanctions could come from that... they never exchanged money, so an infraction never took place. (Well except for Alabama who is already under suspension with this case being part of it).
  13. LightningRod

    LightningRod Senior

    NCAA Div 1 Bylaw 13.2:

  14. AKAK

    AKAK Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens. Staff Member Tech Admin

    Well- It should interesting to see how this ends up playing out.

    Obviously.... as we all know... Its a much different story between a booster offering money to influence a player than the University.. or because of some kind of complicity between the University (read: coaching staff).

    This stuff is bad:


    This stuff is very Jim O'Brianesque... and of course, that's teh biggest issue we've had regardless of the coverage of all the other stuff.

    As far as MSU, Tennecheat, etc go... I guess we'd have to see what the details of that are.

    Now... the only good news that I can see is that we probably aren't alone in "rogue boosterville"
  15. unionfutura

    unionfutura Moderator Staff Member

    Not surprise with MSU

    Probably why L$U was so attracted to Saban. I would be shocked if L$U isn't on probation within five years from the things I hear.

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