Rice acknowledges no interest in Browns job

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has now made a statement on ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s report that she would be a candidate for the Cleveland Browns job. If she had interviewed for the position, she would have made history as the first woman candidate to do so.

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

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. It was believed, according to Schefter, that Rice was going to be a candidate, as well. However, that will not be the case now.

“I love my Browns — and I know they will hire an experienced coach to take us to the next level,” Rice said on Twitter. “On a more serious note, I do hope that the NFL will start to bring women into the coaching profession as position coaches and eventually coordinators and head coaches. One doesn’t have to play the game to understand it and motivate players. But experience counts — and it is time to develop a pool of experienced women coaches.

“BTW (By the way) — I’m not ready to coach but I would like to call a play or two next season if the Browns need ideas! And at no time will I call for a “prevent defense.”

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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