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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel will participate in the 2009 Armed Forces Entertainment college football "Coaches Tour" beginning late next week, an effort to help rally U.S. servicemen and women in the Middle East and Europe and show appreciation for their efforts.
"I am honored to be participating in this tour," Neuheisel said in a statement. "Our men and women overseas put their lives on the line every day, and I'm thrilled to be able to personally thank them for all they do. They are a long way from home, and if we can bring a little bit of home to them, then we have accomplished the goal of the tour."
Other coaches on the tour include former Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville, Mack Brown (Texas), Troy Calhoun (Air Force), Jim Tressel (Ohio State), Jim Grobe (Wake Forest), and Houston Nutt (Mississippi).
The tour will depart from McConnell Air Force Base, near Wichita, Kan., on May 27. The coaches will visit troops stationed at U.S. military installations in Germany, Turkey, Spain, Iraq and Djbouti (Africa) and will return to the U.S. on June 4.
On the tour, the coaches will personally interact with the troops, hold formal college football symposiums where troops will have an open microphone to ask questions, and at some locations, will host flag football games for the military members and serve as honorary coaches.