Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Tubs talks Middle East trip

Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville had a conference call with reporters this morning about his just-completed trip to visit U.S. Military personnel in the Middle East. Here are some highlights of what he had to say:

--He called his visit to the military hospital at Landstuhl, Germany, "very emotional." He met soldiers who had lost parts of legs, but he said they wanted badly to get back to duty.

--About the video from the flag football game he helped to coach, showing him holding up seven fingers in celebration, he said he wasn't tweaking anyone. He had met fans of Auburn rival Alabama during his trip, and it was good-natured. "There was a lot of kidding going on between myself and all the Alabama fans," he said. "We went over there to spread good will. We didn't go over there to jab anybody."

--As for the game, the team he coached included a former Air Force Academy tight end and a former Marshall running back.

--He said he was extremely impressed with the security all around his contingent. He said the security was more extensive than what he saw upon his visit to President Bush at the White House.

--He said he was very impressed with the technology he saw over there and specifically mentioned the Stryker vehicle, which is produced at the Anniston Army Depot.

More to come in Wednesday's Anniston Star.

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