A number of college football coaches made a trip in May to visit U.S. troops in the Middle East. Auburn’s Tommy Tuberville was one of the coaches who made the trip. Joining Coach Tubervills were Georgia’s Mark Richt, Miami’s Randy Shannon, Notre Dame’s Charlie Weiss and Yale’s Jack Siedlecki. The coaches’ tour of the Middle East was well-received. These coaches brought a little bit of home – college football – to the young men and women who are fighting a war far away from home. Coach Tuberville says he went to honor the troops and also to honor his father. In commenting on his experience, Coach Tubberville had this to say:
I was fortunate. I grew up with a military dad who fought in World War II. … He was in the Army and drove a tank. He drove a tank down the middle of Paris when they liberated it.
Coach Tuberville and his fellow coaches were the “stars” of this trip, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment and a private firm, Morale Entertainment. The coaches visited the hospital at the Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, then went on to Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. This was a great thing for these coaches to do and we are proud of them for sacrificing of their time to visit our troops. We are proud of the young men and women who are fighting in a war they didn’t ask for. They are bravely doing their duty in a tremendous manner and it’s a good thing that Coach Tuberville and his fellow coaches did! I saw Coach Tuberville at an Auburn function on June 4th and it was quite evident that his trip to visit the troops had made a definite impact on him. He was obviously moved by his experiences. While serving as his lawyer, I have gotten to know and appreciate this man. As a result, I wasn’t a bit surprised to see him making this trip and doing it for the right reasons!
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