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Condoleezza Rice Issues Statement On The Browns Job

Condoleezza Rice at the Ryder Cup.

PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 25: Kelly Slater of Team USA and Condoleezza Rice of Team USA look on during the celebrity challenge match ahead of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National on September 25, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Following the Cleveland Browns is always an interesting endeavor, but this morning brought an especially curious news cycle, with the Adam Schefter report that former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was going to interview for the vacant head coaching job.

Rice is a Browns fan, and a member of the College Football Playoff selection committee. By every account, she knows the game.

Still, she doesn't have coaching or front office experience, and it seemed like an aggressive possibility for a franchise that has struggled to established winning infrastructure for well over a decade now.

In the hours since the initial report, we've now heard from both the Cleveland Browns and Condoleezza Rice.

The Browns praised Rice, while denying that she is, in fact, a candidate for the position last held by Hue Jackson.

Rice says that she supports the NFL bringing more women into coaching roles, but that she is "not ready to coach," though she jokingly offers her services as a play caller for the team next year.

It certainly wouldn't be crazy to bring Rice into the franchise in some role. The Browns attempted to be forward thinking a few years ago, when they hired former MLB general manager Paul DiPodesta, one of the central figures of the famous book Moneyball, as chief strategy officer.

There have also been rumors that Rice would be interested in the role of NFL commissioner. Given Roger Goodell's deep unpopularity, that seems like something that could have widespread support.