Georgia's Richt, Auburn's Tuberville heading to visit soldiers in Mideast

Georgia football coach Mark Richt and Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville will be among several college football coaches that will be visiting military bases in the Middle East in May.

The two SEC head coaches will join Randy Shannon (Miami), Jack Siedlecki (Yale) and Charlie Weis (Notre Dame) for the May 20-26 trip.

"We love the soldiers and their willingness to sacrifice for our country," Richt said in a statement. "We want to support them not only in prayer but also in person. I look forward to meeting as many of our men and women in the armed forces as possible during the visit."

The NCAA coaches will participate in meet and greets at various bases, as well as coach flag football teams made up of servicemen and women. They will host a symposium, allowing audience members to ask questions.

"College football is an All-American sport — it truly showcases the drive, determination and teamwork that is similar to the U.S. Armed Forces," said Air Force Colonel Edward Shock, Chief of Armed Forces Entertainment in a release. "We are proud to bring this tour to our military men and women, and my hat goes off to these coaches for spending their downtime with our troops."