President Trump to honor NCAA teams Friday; Gamecocks say no to invite

20 November, 2017, 02:11 | Author: Julian Swanson
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"As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead".

Trump hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers at the White House in June. "We won before those other teams won their championships".

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.

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The University of Washington women's rowing team got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the White House following the Huskies' 2017 NCAA national championship. "I don't know what else has to happen".

South Carolina's women's basketball team, which captured their first national championship at the Women's Final Four in April, have declined an invitation to visit the White House.

Staley told ESPN on Thursday that the team did finally receive an invitation to Friday's event, but now they have bigger fish to fry. The North Carolina men's basketball team - whose coach, Roy Williams, has been publicly critical of Trump - begged off, citing a scheduling conflict. "The only invitation we're thinking about", Staley said in a statement, "is to the 2018 N.C.A.A. tournament". A team spokesman said the Tar Heels were willing to go, but the university and White House tried "eight or nine" dates and none worked. The Gamecocks will host Wofford at Colonial Life Arena at 3 p.m. on Sunday. She also defended her team's move.

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