Georgia's Richt meets president after Middle East tour

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Georgia's Mark Richt 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 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 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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