Browns deny Condoleezza Rice is candidate for head coaching job

Browns deny Condoleezza Rice is candidate for head coaching job

The Browns released a statement Sunday denying rumors that the team wants to interview former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the head coaching position. 

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

ESPN reported earlier Sunday, citing unidentified league sources, that Cleveland is interested in interviewing Rice. The report adds: “The interview process could even lead to Rice becoming more involved in the organization in an official capacity or as a consultant.”

If the Browns do give Rice an interview, she would become the first woman ever to interview for an NFL head coaching job.

Rice has become more involved in the sports world in recent years after serving as Secretary of State under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009. She played an integral role with the College Football Playoff selection committee from 2013 to 2016. She also recently chaired a commission on college basketball, which recommended significant changes to the sport. 

The Browns fired head coach Hue Jackson in late October after the team opened the season 2-5-1. He finished with a 3-36-1 record during his two-plus seasons as Browns head coach. He has since joined the Bengals staff as a “special assistant.”