South Carolina Women's Basketball Team Declines Donald Trump White House Invite

South Carolina Women's Basketball Team Declines White House Invite To

"All of our focus is on the season ahead". By late September Staley had moved on from worrying about the honor that had been extended to every NCAA women's basketball champion since 1983.

Staley was all for going to the White House in the weeks after the title game, saying she would leave it up to her players if they wanted to go or not but that she was definitely going.

The White House says 18 NCAA teams will attend a reception at the executive mansion.

South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Dawn Staley confirmed that her team did receive an invite. "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament". "It's what national champions do".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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"That in itself speaks volumes", she said, adding that she was not sure the Gamecocks would accept an invitation after "some things transpired over the last few months", ESPN reported.

Those quotes caught the attention of Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations and former SC governor. The women's team, led by coach K.J. Kindler, won its second consecutive title over LSU.

Some members of the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots cited an antipathy to Trump's policies in declining to accompany the team on a White House visit this year. The Gamecocks won the national championship back in April, but won't be in attendance today as President Trump welcomes a number of other NCAA winners to D.C.

You may remember the drama around the president, Steph Curry, and the National Basketball Association champion Golden State Warriors back in September.

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