South Carolina Women's Basketball Team Declines Donald Trump White House Invite

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"The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament". The University of North Carolina's 2017 national championship men's basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit.

According to ESPN, President Donald Trump invited SC, among other teams that won titles past year in various sports, but head coach Dawn Staley declined.

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

Trump celebrated the Collegiate National Champions of 2016 and 2017 at the White House on Friday. She told the Associated Press in late September that she hadn't received an invite and "that spoke volumes". "We'll go to the White House", she said at the time.

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"We won before those other teams won their championships", Staley said. "I don't know what else has to happen". "I got bigger fish to fry than worry about an invitation".

SC has a game on Sunday, with a practice scheduled for Friday. The Gamecocks will host Wofford at Colonial Life Arena at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Trump rescinded an invitation to the Golden State Warriors this summer after many prominent players on the team publicly expressed misgivings about appearing with Trump given their clashing political ideologies.

Staley, who is in California this weekend running her first USA Basketball camp as the national team's head coach, has been to the White House before. She simply said thanks but no thanks.

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