The Cleveland Browns would like to interview former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to fill the team’s head-coaching job, ESPN reported Sunday citing an anonymous source.
John Dorsey, the Browns general manager, said last week the team was open to hiring a woman as head coach, ESPN reported.
Rice, who grew up in Alabama, is a longtime Browns fan, even appearing in the team’s jersey in NFL ads. There’s been talk before, too, about her becoming league commissioner.
Rice served on the College Football Playoff selection committee. She served in President George W. Bush’s administration, first as national security advisor from 2001 until 2005, and then as secretary of state from 2005 until 2009.
In 2012, Rice became one of the first two women admitted to Augusta National Golf Club, home of The Masters tournament.
“Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is a great leader, possesses the highest possible character and also happens to be a Browns fan,” Dorsey said in a statement. “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.”