AU Coach Leaving Country on Tuesday

Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville is making the longest road trip of his life this week.

Auburn, Ala.--Coach Tommy Tuberville wrapped up details at his office on Monday morning on the Auburn campus before leaving town to catch a plane for his week-long journey to visit U.S. troops in Germany and the Middle East.

"I am excited about the trip and anxious to see what it is like," Tuberville tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Of course, 23 hours on any plane is a little different, but I am looking forward to it."

The tour, organized by Armed Forces Entertainment, includes other college head football coaches. Georgia's Mark Richt, Miami's Randy Shannon, Yale's Jack Siedlecki and Charlie Weis of Notre Dame are also making the trip. Among the activities scheduled for the coaches will be coaching flag football teams comprised of servicemen and women at different military bases.

"I had 12 shots and will have followups when we get back," Tuberville says. "We are flying over on a C-135 tanker out of St. Louis on Tuesday morning. It is 11 hours to Ramstein, Germany and about the same to Kuwait. We will have a briefing on Tuesday morning before we leave."

Tuberville and the other coaches will spend time with troops in Germany before heading to the Middle East. His group will be based near the Kuwait-Iraq border and will travel by helicopter to spend time with troops. For security reasons, many of the details of when and where the coaches will be is not being made public.

Part of the activities include coaching flag football teams plus question and answer sessions with troops. The coaches will also visit troops injured in action who are hospitalized.

"It is an honor for me to participate in the tour," Tuberville says. "I am looking forward to talking to our men and women in the armed services and letting them know that we appreciate their sacrifices they are making for the country."

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