Basketball Teams Don't Show Up for NCAA Champions Event With Trump

South Carolina women's basketball team, reigning NCAA Tournament champions, declines invitation to White House

The 2017 Women's NCAA Champions repeatedly declined an invitation to the White House.

SC coach Dawn Staley said after her team won the NCAA title in April that it would go to the White House if invited because "it's what it stands for".

SC won the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament, but isn't going to the White House.

The Gamecocks won their title in the spring, but the invitation to the White House arrived in November, after other championship teams had been invited, the New York Daily News reported.

The Gamecocks now join a growing list of recent sports teams to not make the customary White House stop after winning championships.

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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.

Of course, not all teams were able to send their full squads because, while they may be national champions, many of these stars are still college students with classes and practices. Her office promised that the invitation would come later in the fall but, by the time it did, Staley and her team were no longer interested. "I don't know what else has to happen". What's worse, teams that won after them got theirs sooner. One of my favorites occurred back in September when President Trump invited the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors to the White House.

He whacked a volleyball with the Ohio State men on the South Lawn, called attention to a Maryland lacrosse player wearing a Trump '16 tie and mimicked a rifle with his hands as he approached West Virginia's coed rifle team.

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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