WASHINGTON (AP) _ Georgia's Mark Richt was among five NCAA head coaches who met with President Bush Monday after recently returning from a week-long visit to military bases in the Middle East.
The coaches, who made the trip to boost troop morale, coached a
flag football game on one base.
Joining Richt on the tour of military bases were: Randy Shannon
of the University of Miami; Jack Siedlecki of Yale University;
Tommy Tuberville of Auburn University; and Charlie Weis of Notre
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.
UGA Head Football Coach Mark Richt said:
"They work all day, sleep a few hours and then wake up at 3am to watch a football game live. He (the soldier who was a UGA fan) wanted to tell me and the team and all of American that what they are doing is not being done in vain."
Miami Head Football Coach Randy Shannon:
"The responsibilities they have in life, I can sleep every night at peace and know I'm safe because we got young men & women there protecting us to make the United States a free country."
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