Condoleezza Rice Is Stanford’s Best Recruiter
Condoleezza Rice knows her football, maybe better than Bo. After serving under President George W. Bush as the National Security Advisor for one team and Secretary of State for another, she’s returned to her alma mater Stanford as a political science professor and as a “special assistant coach” on the football team.
This year she was on the sideline, in the coaches booth with the headphones on, and even on the recruiting trail trying to get players to come to Stanford. She might be Stanford’s biggest weapon in the fight to dethrone USC as top dog in the Pac 10.
Rice: “We get talent. Depth is sometimes a problem in Stanford football. Our first 11 are good. Our 12th may not be so good. It [success] is not going to be year-in and year-out. But we’ve had some good teams. It really adds to the campus life. As long as they are students who are capable in the classroom, Stanford is doing it the right way.”
“I think we are competitive and we can be competitive but it’s not easy,” Rice said. “You have to have coaches who recognize they are not going to get every recruit they want. They’re not going to get even most recruits. The one thing I did not tolerate when I was provost was coaches who complained about admissions.”