SC won the 2017 Women's NCAA Tournament, but isn't going to the White House.
Head coach Dawn Staley told The Associated Press in September that the team had yet to receive an invitation to the White House reception.
"We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend", Staley said. The White House is holding Collegiate National Champions Day on Friday.
The University of Washington women's rowing team got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the White House following the Huskies' 2017 NCAA national championship.
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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. Both the Warriors and the Penguins won their titles months after SC did. "We'll go to the White House".
"We won before those other teams won their championships", Staley said. The University of North Carolina's 2017 national championship men's basketball team said earlier this year it could not agree on a date for a visit.
When South Carolina's invitation to Friday's White House event finally did arrive earlier this month, Staley declined it. Her office promised that the invitation would come later in the fall but, by the time it did, Staley and her team were no longer interested.
The women's basketball champions from SC did not appear, either.
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