Condoleezza Rice, the 66th secretary of state, is Michigan football’s honorary captain ahead of the Homecoming game against Iowa on Saturday.
Rice served under President George Bush throughout his two-term run in the Oval Office. She was on campus this weekend for speaking engagements and meetings with U-M faculty and students.
“We are thrilled Condoleezza Rice will share her considerable expertise and perspectives with our community during her special visit to our campus,” said President Mark Schlissel, who invited Rice to campus.
“Professor Rice is a great example of an engaged scholar who has devoted a significant fraction of her career to public service, based on both her academic expertise and personal interests. Running the gamut from national security to reforming NCAA basketball, she has had significant impact on who we are as a nation.”
Rice is also a noted college football fan and was on the inaugural College Football Playoff committee back in 2013 through 2016. She also was hilariously mentioned as a head coaching candidate for the Cleveland Browns last offseason in a story broken by Michigan Man Adam Schefter.
Browns interested in interviewing Condoleezza Rice for head coaching job, source tells ESPN.https://t.co/cgxCUgbF8j— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2018
Having a former U.S. politician and Notre Dame alum as your honorary captain on homecoming is...interesting. Such is life in the land of the Wolverines.