SC women's basketball team declines invitation to the White House

Camille Rivera
November 20, 2017

"The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament".

When President Trump honors a group of recent NCAA champions at the White House on Friday, the University of SC women's basketball team will not be among them.

SC was invited to the White House earlier this month, but the Gamecocks will be unable to attend.

USC head coach Dawn Staley released a statement Thursday saying the team would not attend an event honoring NCAA champions at the White House on Friday. "I don't know what else has to happen". Since 1983, every NCAA women's basketball championship team has been invited to the White House. "I got bigger fish to fry than worry about an invitation".

Trips to the White House by sports teams this year are no longer a given. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, were never invited because star point guard Steph Curry said his team doesn't support Trump and his agenda.

When South Carolina defeated Mississippi State in last April's national championship game, Staley was adamant that the Gamecocks would celebrate the achievement at the White House.

This is the University of Washington's women's rowing team, not the women's rugby team. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after their Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The North Carolina men's basketball team - whose coach, Roy Williams, has been publicly critical of Trump - begged off, citing a scheduling conflict. "We'll go to the White House". She also defended her team's move.

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