Browns deny Condoleezza Rice rumors

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Cleveland Browns are now denying interest in interviewing Condoleezza Rice for their head coaching position. If she had interviewed for the position, she would have made history as the first woman to ever interview for a head coaching position.

The Browns fired Hue Jackson at the end of October. He was replaced by Gregg Williams on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

Former Secretary of the State Condoleezza Rice talks with actor and TV personality Greg Kinnear at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Ryder Cup
Condoleezza Rice talks with Greg Kinnear at the opening ceremony of the 2018 Ryder Cup (Getty Images)

Williams is expected to be a candidate for the position. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s report on Sunday, it was believed that Rice would be another candidate for the position despite no prior coaching experience.

“”Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan,” Browns general manager John Dorsey said on Sunday afternoon. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished and was honored to meet her for the first time earlier this season.

“Our coaching search will be thorough and deliberate, but we are still in the process of composing the list of candidates and Secretary Rice has not been discussed.”

Rice has served in many high-profile roles outside of football. She worked as the Secretary of State under former President George W. Bush. She also was his National Security Advisor prior to her Secretary of State appointment.

The 64-year-old Birmingham, Alabama native has been working at Stanford University since 2010. The Provost returned to be the Denning Professor in Global Business and Economy in the school’s Graduate School of Business. She is also the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. She is also a professor of Political Science at Stanford.

She was also selected as one of the first 13 members of the College Football Playoff selection committee. Her term concluded after the 2016 season.

Besides serving as the CFP Selection Committee, her name has been brought up as a potential candidate to be the next NFL Commissioner. Roger Goodell is in that role and is not expected to retire for quite some time.

She also has a relationship with Browns owner Jimmy Haslam. She is also reportedly a Browns fan. When she interviews for the position, is it expected to be a first in NFL history.

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