Early Sunday morning, a source told ESPN that Cleveland Browns General Manager John Dorsey was considering hiring a woman as the new head coach of the team, which would be the first time in sports a woman was named a head coach from any of the four major sports. One of the women Dorsey is considering? Former Speaker of the House Condoleezza Rice. Dorsey would release a statement after the new broke and said, “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”. Secretary Rice also responded to the report on Facebook, where she said she loves the Browns, and she knows they will hire someone experienced to help the team. But she does want to see the NFL interview more women for any role regarding coaching, and she admitted she’s not ready to coach. Rice did end her statement though saying that she would not recommend the “prevent” defense, the scheme Cleveland’s defense runs.
Rice has been a lifelong Browns fan, she frequently goes to games and she was on the field with owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam before a game on September 30th. We are starting to see a trend of women coming in to sports as coaches, the Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers have hired women in the last few years, and the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets have hired women in the NBA as well. One Browns source told ESPN that Rice is an “amazing” person, and just because she’s a candidate doesn’t guarantee her the job. Rice has been seen in the past with Browns jerseys for commercials, and has had her name been swirled around for commissioner of the NFL, after her time as secretary of state, she was a member of the college football committee 2013-2016, and she has also done some work in college basketball.