SC women's basketball champions decline White House invite

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"We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes", the women's basketball coach told The Associated Press in a phone interview on Friday night. She also suggested that the team's willingness to visit the White House had changed since her previous endorsement, which came before "some things transpired over the last few months".

Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said Thursday the decision was not a political one, but rather a scheduling conflict that arose.

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

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.

President Donald Trump hosted college sports championship teams at the White House on Friday, although the SC women's basketball team declined the invitation. "I don't know what else has to happen".

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The White House says NCAA teams will attend a reception at the executive mansion, but it did not provide a list of the teams attending. "We'll go to the White House", she said at the time.

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 South Carolina women and North Carolina men aren't the only two title winners not to celebrate their accomplishment with Trump at the White House.

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

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