South Carolina Women's Hoops Teams Turns Down White House Invitation

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However, Dawn Staley, the head coach of the University of South Carolina's Gamecocks, said her team would be unable to attend.

Trump celebrated the Collegiate National Champions of 2016 and 2017 at the White House on Friday. The team would have been part of a larger event, where president Donald Trump would meet with other NCAA champions.

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 only invitation we're thinking about", Staley said in a statement, "is to the 2018 N.C.A.A. tournament". Athletes and national champions are often giving the chance to meet with the president after winning a big game, so I'd say it's a pretty big deal.

Days later, when queried on the topic again, Staley said, "Here's my take, and I'm not going to discuss the White House anymore".

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"We won before those other teams won their championships", Staley said.

There were gifts - Oklahoma softball players brought Trump a personalized glove, and the Penn State women's rugby team arrived with a jersey - but also two notable absences. "I don't know what else has to happen".

The North Carolina men's basketball team said earlier this year that they wouldn't be able to make it because the team couldn't agree on a date. "The only invitation I would like is an invitation to get into the NCAA tournament in March". Trump allegedly rescinded the invite after Stephen Curry hesitated with an answer.

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