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Cleveland Browns say Condoleezza Rice not a candidate for coaching role

The remark follows a report that the former US secretary of state, a fan of the NFL franchise, was under consideration.

Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey has said the NFL American football team has not discussed former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice as a candidate for its coaching vacancy.

Ms Rice, who served as secretary of state during the presidency of George W. Bush, is an avid Browns fan and has visited the team’s headquarters on numerous occasions in recent years.

On Sunday, Mr Dorsey issued a statement praising Ms Rice as a “great leader” and said he has “the utmost respect and admiration for all she’s accomplished”.

Secretary Rice has not been discussed John Dorsey

Mr Dorsey said the team is in the process of composing a list of candidates “and Secretary Rice has not been discussed”.

ESPN had reported that the team would like to interview Ms Rice for its coaching job.

Earlier this week, Mr Dorsey said he was open to hiring a woman as Cleveland’s ninth head coach since 1999.

The Browns fired Hue Jackson last month after he won just three games in two-plus seasons.

Mr Dorsey said interim coach Gregg Williams will be interviewed for the full-time position.

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