POLITICS

Condi Rice, college football mascot

By |
Photo - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers a reporter's question during a meeting with the Leader of the Parliamentary Majority in Lebanon on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice answers a reporter's question during a meeting with the Leader of the Parliamentary Majority in Lebanon on Thursday, October 4, 2007 at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)
Yeas and Nays,Politics,Jenny Rogers

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."

View article comments Leave a comment
Author:

Jenny Rogers

Staff Reporter - Yeas & Nays
The Washington Examiner