SC women's basketball champions decline White House invite

South Carolina women's basketball finally invited to White House, but it's too late

"The only invitation we're thinking about", Staley said in a statement, "is to the 2018 N.C.A.A. tournament".

Trump hosted the 2016 NCAA football champion Clemson Tigers at the White House in June.

SC was invited to the White House earlier this month, but the Gamecocks will be unable to attend.

The Gamecocks now join a growing list of recent sports teams to not make the customary White House stop after winning championships. Since 1983, every NCAA women's basketball championship team has been invited to the White House.

The Gamecocks won their NCAA title in April.

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Appearing as the team ended practice for the day, Staley bluntly said why she and the team wasn't at the White House appearing alongside other NCAA Championship teams.

"We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes", she told the Associated Press. "We'll go to the White House", she said at the time.

While the White House says President Donald Trump will host collegiate sports championship teams Friday in Washington, the SC women's basketball team will not be among them. "I got bigger fish to fry than worry about an invitation".

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.

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.

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