South Carolina White House Invitation: NCAA Team Declines Visit

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South Carolina Women's Basketball Team Declines White House Invite To "Focus On The Season Ahead"

Friday's visit did not include the NCAA women's basketball champion SC squad.

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

SC reportedly cited a scheduling conflict, the same reason the NCAA men's champion North Carolina Tar Heels offered in September, when they turned down an invitation to be honored by President Donald Trump.

In the Red Room of the White House, the NRA-backed Trump greeted the West Virginia's co-ed rifle team by saying, "We saved the Second Amendment!"

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

"We did hear from the White House about attending [Friday's] event, but we will not be able to attend", Coach Dawn Staley told The State.

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.

"As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead", she said. "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament".

The men's basketball champions - North Carolina - is also absent Friday.

The Gamecocks won their first national championship in April.

However, Staley told The Associated Press in September that the SC squad had yet to receive an invitation. 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. The feud erupted as Trump was lambasting NFL athletes for kneeling in protest during the national anthem. "I don't know what else has to happen".

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