SC won the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament, but isn't going to the White House.
Each team - 18 in all - had won an N.C.A.A. championship, and on Friday each arrived at the White House to be recognized by, and photographed with, President Trump.
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.
Staley said after her team won the NCAA title in April that it would go to the White House if invited because "it's what it stands for. It's what national champions do".
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Trips to the White House by sports teams this year are no longer a given. Both the Warriors and the Penguins won their titles months after SC did. Unfortunately for the team, whoever is running the Snapchat account for the White House apparently doesn't know the difference between a coxswain and a scrum.
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.
Some teams have already made the trip to Washington. "We'll go to the White House", she said at the time. The Gamecocks defeated Clemson on Thursday night and have a practice scheduled for Friday in preparation for facing Wofford on Sunday. She represented the U.S. Olympic team when George W. Bush was president in 2004.