Sooner National Championship Teams Visit White House

Posted November 20, 2017

The NHL champion Pittsburgh Penguins announced this week they would visit the White House.

"We did hear from the White House about attending (Friday's) event, but we will not be able to attend", SC coach Dawn Staley said in a statement Thursday night.

According to The State, the team received their invitation to the White House earlier this month after Staley told the Associated Press in September that team was still waiting on their invite.

The White House said 18 NCAA teams would be in attendance for a reception at the executive mansion.

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USC released a statement from Dawn Staley on the matter Thursday night following the Gamecocks 66-36 win over Clemson.

President Donald Trump poses for photographs with the University of Washington women's rowing team during an event with NCAA championship teams at the White House, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Washington.

"We won before those other teams won their championships", Staley said.

In May, Washington won its first national championship in women's rowing since 2001 after sweeping all nine of its races - including all three Grand Final races - during the three-day regatta in West Windsor, New Jersey. "I got bigger fish to fry than worry about an invitation". The North Carolina men's basketball team - whose coach, Roy Williams, has been publicly critical of Trump - begged off, citing a scheduling conflict. The Gamecocks will host Wofford at Colonial Life Arena at 3 p.m. on Sunday. 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.