Trump hosts NCAA champions

South Carolina women's basketball team, reigning NCAA Tournament champions, declines invitation to White House
Dawn Staley Says USC Won't Be Able to Go to White House Event
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19 November, 2017

South Carolina's women's basketball team will not going to the White House.

"We haven't gotten an invitation yet, and that in itself speaks volumes", Staley said.

Sounds normal enough. That is, until you learn that Staley was all too eager to go to the White House back in April after winning the tournament final against Mississippi State.

The invite for Friday, when the White House is set to hold an event honoring NCAA champions happens to fall on the same day Staley says her team needed to practice. "The only invitation I would like is to get into the NCAA tournament in March", The Washington Post reports. The Sooners topped Florida for their second-consecutive national championship and third in five years. He began a series of stops on the South Lawn, then went to the State Floor and Rose Garden on the White House grounds.

Oklahoma won its first men's golf national title since 1989 when the coach Ryan Hybl-led team knocked off OR in Sugar Grove, Ill.

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However by September the team had still not received their invitation, despite other teams receiving theirs.

Trump met with 18 NCAA teams Friday, including the Texas A&M women's equestrian team, Pennsyl-vania State University's women's rugby team and the University of Washington's women's rowing team at the White House. "I'm here concentrating on my team and getting better".

Staley's stance changed over the coming months when Trump invited championship teams from other sports to the White House but did not bestow that same honor on SC.

North Carolina's men's basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit.


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