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Dawn Staley, USC decline invitation to White House

19 November 2017

According to ESPN, the team, which won its first NCAA championship in April, was recently invited to attend a reception at the White House along with other college teams who won titles this year. "It's what it stands for. We'll go to the White House", she said at the time.

So why did she change her tune? "I'm here concentrating on my team and getting better". Did it get lost in the mail?

In September, Staley told The Associated Press that the school had been left out in the dark on an invitation. "I don't know what else has to happen".

Eventually the South Carolina Gamecocks received their invitation to the West Wing, however that didn't change the fact that they were overlooked. It did not list which teams will be attending the ceremony. That led Nikki Haley-former SC governor and current ambassador to the United Nations-to come forward and say that the team would be invited later in the fall, with an exact date to be determined. A team spokesperson admitted that it was because they could not settle on a date that "worked for both parties". "We won before those other teams won their championships".

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Those comments came just a few weeks after President Trump rescinded the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the Whtie Hosue because Steph Curry said he didn't want them going.

When Trump spotted Maryland lacrosse attacker Dylan Maltz wearing a blue Trump '16 tie, he pumped his hand and brought him to the front of the team's riser near the South Lawn.

The president had a little fun with the athletes as he posed for photos with the champions.

Dawn Staley, USC decline invitation to White House