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Trump Welcomes Colleges Sports Champions at White House Reception

Trump Welcomes Colleges Sports Champions at White House Reception

President Donald Trump is set to host NCAA champions on Friday, and South Carolina Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley both acknowledged the invite and revealed the program had to decline in one statement on Thursday evening.

SC women's basketball coach Dawn Staley said the only invitation that interests her is one to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Women's Rugby has won the last 6 national championships in their division.

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Staley said the team received the invitation about two weeks ago, but said she and her NCAA champions are busy trying to get better.

The White House says NCAA teams will attend a reception at the executive mansion, but it did not provide a list of the teams attending. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead", Staley said.

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The president welcomed multiple teams for "National Collegiate Champions Day", which included college teams from around the country.

Staley initially said her team would visit the White House should an invitation be extended, ABC News reported. The NBA champion Golden State Warriors, meanwhile, were never invited because star point guard Steph Curry said his team doesn't support Trump and his agenda. And, of course, the president has had some choice words for other NFL players choosing to protest by kneeling during the national anthem.

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Days later, when queried on the topic again, Staley said, "Here's my take, and I'm not going to discuss the White House anymore. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament". The women's team, led by coach K.J. Kindler, won its second consecutive title over LSU.


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