Could former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice be the first female head coach in the NFL? The Cleveland Browns sure hope so.
On Sunday ESPN reported that the Cleveland Browns want to interview Condoleeza Rice for the head coaching job of the team. The Browns’ general manager John Dorsey said just last week that he was open to hiring a woman for the job. And Rice is on his wish list.
If Rice, who is an avid Browns fan, does interview for the job, she will be the first woman to ever interview for a head coaching job in the National Football League.
“Cleveland’s interest in interviewing Rice comes at a time when women recently have moved into decision-making roles in men’s professional sports. The Spurs hired Becky Hammon as an assistant coach, the Buffalo Bills hired Kathryn Smith as a quality control assistant, the Raiders hired Kelsey Martinez to their strength staff, and the 49ers hired Katie Sowers as an offensive assistant.”
Of course an interview doesn’t necessarily mean that the Browns will end up hiring Rice, but the team says that they are definitely interested in talking with her and finding out what she could bring to the organization in the head coaching position.
An interview could also lead to Rice becoming more involved with the team as a consultant or in some other official capacity.
The Cleveland Browns are big fans of Condoleezza Rice. But she’s also a big fan of theirs. She attends games and has been seen on the field with team owners.
“Rice, 64, is a lifelong Browns fan, a love she got from watching Cleveland’s games with her father at their home in Birmingham, Alabama. Rice has been featured in a Browns jersey in NFL ads, and there has been speculation that she even could become commissioner of the NFL.”
The Browns’ interest in Rice doesn’t come completely out of left field. Rice was actually one of the inaugural members of the College Football Playoff selection committee after she left the Bush administration. She worked there from 2013 to 2016. And she’s quite knowledgeable about football.
“Rice also recently chaired a commission on college basketball that recommended major changes to the sport this year, including an end to the one-and-done rule.”
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