The White House is holding NCAA Champions Day on Friday, an opportunity for President Donald Trump to host various collegiate teams from across the country that won titles in their respective sports outside of football and men's basketball.
"That in itself speaks volumes", Staley said, according to an October 4 report by The State.
It is customary for presidents to congratulate NCAA teams in the months after the Spring championship.
It's tradition for championship teams to visit the president every year, but since Trump took office a number of teams and players have refused the invitation.
SC was invited to the White House earlier this month, but the Gamecocks will be unable to attend.
South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Dawn Staley confirmed that her team did receive an invite.
She declared as practice started and again at SEC Media Days that she was no longer interested in the invite, as USC was beginning the season.
However, Staley told The Associated Press in September that the SC squad had yet to receive an invitation. "I don't know what else has to happen". "We haven't gotten an invitation yet and that in itself speaks volumes", Staley reportedly said at the time.
Staley has stuck to her guns, stating on Thursday that the squad had finally heard from the White House but would not be attending. "The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament".
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