Published: Sat, November 18, 2017
Sports | By Grace Becker

Trump hosts NCAA champions

Trump hosts NCAA champions

The South Carolina women's basketball team finally got its invitation to the White House to celebrate its national championship, but the Gamecocks will not be attending.

Four University of Oklahoma teams that won NCAA championships previous year were among a group of national championship teams that visited President Trump and the White House today.

By contrast, after South Carolina's triumph in April, Staley had said, "It's what national champions do".

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In the Red Room of the White House, the NRA-backed Trump greeted the West Virginia's co-ed rifle team by saying, "We saved the Second Amendment!" "As far as I'm concerned, I'm over the White House thing", Staley said at the time.

Oklahoma won its first men's golf national title since 1989 when the coach Ryan Hybl-led team knocked off OR in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Staley echoed that language Thursday, saying in a statement, "We did hear from the White House about attending [Friday's event], but we will not be able to attend". "All of our focus is on the season ahead". As late as September, Staley told the Associated Press: "We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament".

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The men's basketball champions - North Carolina - is also absent Friday.

President Donald Trump invited the Sooners, among other teams from various schools, to be honored at the White House. The feud erupted as Trump was lambasting NFL athletes for kneeling in protest during the national anthem. The women's team, led by coach K.J. Kindler, won its second consecutive title over LSU.

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