State Department Dismisses Report that Rice Has Accepted 49ers' Position

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has made no formal arrangements to join the San Francisco 49ers as the football team's president, a State Department spokesman said Monday.

Addressing recent rumors that Rice decided to join the NFL team, spokesman Sean McCormack said she has made "no contacts" with the 49ers and would not speculate further on her post-White House plans.

The NFL Network reported Sunday that a 49ers official expressed interest in hiring Rice as team president.

"If she's interested in talking to us, I'm interested in talking to her,'' the official reportedly said on the NFL Network's "GameDay Morning."

The NFL Network reported that the team has said, "they're in the market for a front office-type of executive — a president — and interestingly enough [Rice] has told people she would like to become president of a football team."

But 49ers spokesman Aaron Salkin later dismissed the report, according to the San Jose Mercury News, which quoted him saying, "We don't respond to rumors."

"We have our office structure in place," Salkin reportedly told the newspaper.