Trump honors NCAA champions - with one notable omission

South Carolina women's coach Dawn Staley and her undefeated Gamecocks squad declined an invitation to the White House to celebrate the team's 2016-2017 national title.
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South Carolina women's basketball finally invited to White House, but it's too late

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

Trump celebrated the Collegiate National Champions of 2016 and 2017 at the White House on Friday.

Two months after North Carolina men's coach Roy Williams said a scheduling conflict would prevent the Tar Heels from accepting President Donald Trump's invitation, SC women's coach Dawn Staley made a similar announcement Thursday night.

The night her squad won the school's first national championship, the Hall of Famer said the team would go to the White House because "it's what it stands for. I don't know what else has to happen".

Despite having won the NCAA championship back in April and saying they would attend back then, the invite from Trump never came.

When South Carolina's invitation to Friday's White House event finally did arrive earlier this month, Staley declined it.

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Trips to the White House by sports teams this year are no longer a given.

Some teams have already made the trip to Washington.

The Gamecocks did have a game Thursday night, a 66-36 win over rival Clemson at home. "We'll go to the White House".

Neither of college basketball's reigning national champions will visit the White House this year. The North Carolina men's basketball team - whose coach, Roy Williams, has been publicly critical of Trump - begged off, citing a scheduling conflict.

He whacked a volleyball with the Ohio State men on the South Lawn, called attention to a Maryland lacrosse player wearing a Trump '16 tie and mimicked a rifle with his hands as he approached West Virginia's coed rifle team.

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