NCAA champion SC women decline White House invitation

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That was one of the reasons why Staley declined an invitation from the White House to attend a ceremony Friday to honor college sports' championship teams, ESPN reported.

Trump hosted the Air Force Academy football team at the White House for a Commander-in-Chief's trophy ceremony in May and the champion Clemson Tigers football team in June.

SC won its first national championship last April with a win over Mississippi State in the title game.

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

Meanwhile, the men's championship team from North Carolina had reportedly been in conversation with the current administration about a visit.




"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.

However, they finally received their invite earlier this month, but they've chosen to forgo the opportunity to instead focus on their upcoming season.

Trump is scheduled to host championship teams "from around the country", according to the president's public schedule. "I don't know what else has to happen".

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". "All of our focus is on the season ahead".

Staley had previously expressed an interest in making the visit, though she did say that she would leave the decision to attend up to her players individually. "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament".

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