Auburn's Tuberville Meets President After Middle East Tour

WASHINGTON (AP) - Auburn's Tommy Tuberville was among five NCAA head coaches who met with President Bush today after recently
returning from a week-long visit to military bases in the Middle

The coaches, who made the trip to boost troop morale, coached a flag football game on one base.

Joining Tuberville on the tour of military bases were: Mark Richt from the University of Georgia; Randy Shannon, University of Miami; Jack Siedlecki, Yale University; and Charlie Weis, University of Notre Dame.

The coaches visited military personnel in Germany, Qatar, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and aboard the USS Nassau on a trip coordinated by the Defense Department.

The president met with the coaches after giving a Memorial Day speech to military figures, veterans and their families at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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