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

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

Staley said the team received the invitation about two weeks ago, but said she and her NCAA champions are busy trying to get better.

The difference is that the Tar Heels were invited to be the only team feted that day, much as football's Clemson Tigers were earlier in the year, as well as major professional sports champions. It did not list which teams will be attending the ceremony.

Staley has stuck to her guns, stating on Thursday that the squad had finally heard from the White House but would not be attending.

The Sooners' softball, men's golf and men's and women's gymnastics teams are in the nation's capital, along with other schools, to be recognized for their respective national titles Friday.

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

The event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Not a political issue, it is instead a scheduling conflict, Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said in a statement Thursday night. The Sooners topped Florida for their second-consecutive national championship and third in five years.

There was once a time when a championship team visiting the White House-in both Democratic and Republican administrations-wasn't big news, but more or less a PR-friendly photo op for all parties involved. "All of our focus is on the season ahead".

But in September, Staley told the Associated Press that the Gamecocks had yet to receive an invitation, "and that in itself speaks volumes". "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament". And, of course, the president has had some choice words for other NFL players choosing to protest by kneeling during the national anthem. Staley, who coached the team to the title back in April, had been out in the dark on an invitation until recently.

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