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Harvard University's head football coach, Tim Murphy, speaks with Soldiers of the 13th Sustainment (Expeditionary) May 28 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, during the NCAA Coaches Tour 2010, sponsored by the USO and Morale Entertainment. The tour brought football coaches from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oregon, Harvard University, and the United States Military Academy to Soldiers in Europe and the Iraq theater of operations.
Harvard University's head football coach, Tim Murphy, speaks with Soldiers of the 13th Sustainment (Expeditionary) May 28 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, during the NCAA Coaches Tour 2010, sponsored by the USO and Morale Entertainment. The tour brought football coaches from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Oregon, Harvard University, and the United States Military Academy to Soldiers in Europe and the Iraq theater of operations.
 JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (June 8, 2010) — National Collegiate Athletic Association football coaches visited Soldiers with the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) May 28 at Joint Base Balad, Iraq.

The coaches, visiting from various colleges across the United States were University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, University of Illinois head coach Ron Zook, Harvard University head coach Tim Murphy and U.S. Military Academy head coach Rich Ellerson.

The tour, sponsored by the United Service Organizations and Morale Entertainment, visited Ramstein Air Base, Germany, The Kingdom of Bahrain, the USS Eisenhower and several locations in the Iraq theater of operations.

Soldiers with the 13th ESC turned out in droves to get their memorabilia autographed by the coaches and gain insight into some of the minds that drive the popular sport through every season.
First Lt. Sean Devine, a mobility plans officer with the 13th ESC and a Geneva, Ill., native, prepared a list of football questions for each coach.

"This is a great opportunity to just get their thoughts on college football," Devine said. "It's a dream come true, just to meet these guys you see every Saturday on the sidelines."

For many of the Soldiers, the chance to meet the Army football coach was about more than just football.

"It's so cool for them to come out here," said 1st Lt. Beth Sutey, the theater backlog officer for the 14th Transportation Battalion, 13th ESC, and a 2007 graduate of West Point. "When I was in school, I never missed a game "

"For the Army coach to come out here is huge," said Sutey, a Fairfax, Va., native. "For the coach to see his players and cadets, and see where their careers took them is great."

For Ellerson, Army's head coach, the visit held a special meaning.

"My situation is a little bit different as a football coach," he said. "I'm learning to tell this story. I have to articulate about the game, but also about the ultimate destination, which for most of my guys is here in Iraq or Afghanistan."
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