President Trump hosts PSU teams at White House

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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. "The only invitation I would like is an invitation to get into the NCAA tournament in March".

The Gamecocks won their title in the spring, but the invitation to the White House arrived in November, after other championship teams had been invited, the New York Daily News reported.

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

Though an invitation was eventually extended, Staley's team will be sitting this one out.

Those comments came just a few weeks after President Trump rescinded the Golden State Warriors' invitation to the Whtie Hosue because Steph Curry said he didn't want them going.

"We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend", Staley said. "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament".

The Gamecocks won the national championship in April, after they knocked off Stanford in the Final Four, then took down SEC foe Mississippi State in the championship game after the Bulldogs beat perennial champ UConn in epic fashion.

In a statement Thursday night, Staley said the team did end up hearing from the White House but chose not to attend.

Other champion schools at the White House on Friday included: the University of Oklahoma's men's golf, women's and men's gymnastics, the University of Maryland women's lacrosse, the University of Virginia's men's tennis, Arizona State University women's triathlon, University of Florida baseball, McKendree University's women's bowling, Texas A&M men's indoor track and field, and University of Utah skiing.

"Because I'm out here practicing", Staley said.

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