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

Matt Dowell

Matt Dowell @TheMattDowell

Dawn Staley and her champion South Carolina Gamecocks are still waiting for their invite to the White House.

At the end of September, Staley publicly expressed her discontent at the Gamecocks - who won the title back in March - not yet getting an invitation to the White House. The University of North Carolina men's basketball team, which won the NCAA championship in April, was also prevented from visiting because of scheduling issues.

Four University of Oklahoma teams that won NCAA championships a year ago were among a group of national championship teams that visited President Trump and the White House today. "I don't know what else has to happen".

OU's national champions in men's golf, men's and women's gymnastics, and softball all visited the White House and got to meet the president and pose for pictures. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead".

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.

Matt Dowell
Matt Dowell @TheMattDowell

SC won the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament, but isn't going to the White House. One of those will be College World Series Champion Florida.

Trump sparred with professional athletes earlier this year when National Basketball Association star Stephen Curry said his championship-winning Golden State Warriors didn't wish to meet with Trump.

SC has a game on Sunday, with a practice scheduled for Friday. 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.

Staley made no mention of politics nor hurt feelings in her statement.

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