Virginia Men’s Basketball team declines invitation from the White House

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Virginia’s men’s basketball team won’t visit the White House to celebrate its national championship won earlier this month against Texas Tech.

Citing logistics of players either finishing school or preparing for the NBA draft, the school announced its decision to turn down an invitation Friday.

Head coach Tony Bennett said the team has “received inquiries about a visit to the White House” but will be declining an invitation because several players are pursuing opportunities beyond their time at UVA. 

“With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together. We would have to respectfully decline an invitation,” Bennett said in the statement. 

The Baylor women’s basketball team, whose members also became national champions this year, announced Wednesday that it would be attending a ceremony at the White House on Monday that will include Trump. 

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