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

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SC won the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament, but isn't going to the White House.

Staley's stance changed over the coming months when Trump invited championship teams from other sports to the White House but did not bestow that same honor on SC.

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

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The invite for Friday, when the White House is set to hold an event honoring NCAA champions happens to fall on the same day Staley says her team needed to practice. By last month, a frustrated Staley told the Associated Press she wasn't even sure the Gamecocks would go to the White House even if they did receive an invitation. "It's what national champions do".

The White House didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trips to the White House by sports teams this year are no longer a given. UW won an additional seven national titles in the pre-NCAA era.

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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.

Members of the University of Maryland women's lacrosse team laughed after the president made a joke.CreditTom Brenner/The New York TimesAt left, the president noticed a University of Maryland men's lacrosse player wearing a tie that said "Trump '16". One of those will be College World Series Champion Florida. 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. The North Carolina men's basketball team - whose coach, Roy Williams, has been publicly critical of Trump - begged off, citing a scheduling conflict. She also defended her team's move. She represented the U.S. Olympic team when George W. Bush was president in 2004.

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