President Trump to honor NCAA teams Friday; Gamecocks say no to invite

Dawn Staley took questions on why her team didn't go to the White House

SC head women's basketball coach Dawn Staley made her first remarks Friday after releasing a statement saying her team was skipping a White House invitation to focus on the season.

When the Gamecocks won South Carolina's first NCAA basketball title in April, Staley said her team would go to the White House if invited, despite the growing public antipathy toward Trump.

However, Dawn Staley, the head coach of the University of South Carolina's Gamecocks, said her team would be unable to attend. "The only invitation I would like is to get into the NCAA tournament in March", The Washington Post reports. "It's what national champions do".

In September, Staley told The Associated Press that the school had been left out in the dark on an invitation. The Sooners topped Florida for their second-consecutive national championship and third in five years.

Trump, who considers himself to be an excellent athlete, once bragging "I was always the best athlete... I don't know what else has to happen". Other teams, such as the University of North Carolina men's basketball team, also declined their invitation.

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SC has a game on Sunday, with a practice scheduled for Friday.

The teams were invited by U.S. President Donald Trump.

Those comments came just a few weeks after President Trump rescinded the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the Whtie Hosue because Steph Curry said he didn't want them going.

"Because I'm out here practicing", Staley said.

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