College football fans have produced a new, unexpected mascot: former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. During ESPN's pre-game coverage of the Notre Dame/Stanford match-up on Saturday, a large cardboard cutout of Rice bobbed in the crowd behind ESPN guest commentator Vince Vaughn.
The mystery remains, however, which school was rallying around the secretary -- Rice has a long history with Stanford and is currently a professor there, but she also holds a master's degree from Notre Dame and has previously been honored on the South Bend campus. (She hit a hole-in-one during a round of golf there last year.) Stanford University athletics department spokesman Alan George tells Yeas & Nays that Rice's face could have been held by fans from either school.
"She is very visible at Stanford games, particularly at women's basketball," he said, adding, "She is a very devout sports fan of both schools."