UVA men’s basketball team ‘respectfully declines’ White House invitation


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WAVY) — The University of Virginia men’s basketball team has declined an invitation to visit the White House. 

The 2019 NCAA Tournament champions cited scheduling conflicts as the reason for declining the offer. 

The team posted a statement from head coach Tony Bennett on Twitter Friday afternoon announcing they would have to ‘respectfully decline’ the offer. 

The announcement drew both support and criticism from fans.

“Tony, the first time you have disappointed me,” one Twitter user said replying to the tweet.

“Tony for President!” another added.

Earlier this month, Virginia (35-3) completed a spirited run in the NCAA Tournament by defeating Texas Texas 85-77 to capture the school’s first national championship.

The Daily Progress reports that no Division I college basketball program — men or women — has visited the White House since Donald Trump took office on Jan. 1, 2017.

Baylor’s women’s basketball team, fresh off winning their third national title earlier this month, accepted President Trump’s invitation and will visit the White House next week. 

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