Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Head Coach for Harvard Football, is embarking on a week-long journey overseas to speak with men and women of the United States military as part of the Coaches Tour 2010. The purpose of the trip is to essentially provide service men and women with a break from the rigors of active duty while providing a temporary outlet of something sports-related.
Murphy is joined on the trip by Oregon head coach Chip Kelly, Illinois coach Ron Zook and West Point head coach Rich Ellerson. Murphy and Kelly were recently guest lecturers at the USC Coach of the Year Clinic at The Galen Center Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.
Murphy is contributing periodic updates about the trip and the third installment is below.
After spending the day visiting staff and patients at Landsthul Medical Center, our travel party went to dinner at a very traditional German restaurant nearby. Although the meal was outstanding, I don't believe my physician would be too thrilled with a meal that featured at least three different meats and sauerkraut as the only thing remotely resembling a vegetable.
Now some time after the meal, I must admit that it was a little strange to be watching the Celtics-Orlando game four live at 4:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. eastern standard time). Of course the game provided a perfect outlet for me to catch up on some good basketball as while I tried to work off that massive meal on the treadmill.
From Germany, we took an early flight to Bahrain where I had the experience of being in the cockpit jump seat of the KC-135 for our takeoff. I sat there with our flight crew all wearing Harvard Football logo marine camouflage hats. What a sight.