Virginia men 'respectfully decline,' Baylor women accept White House invite

WASHINGTON (AP) The Virginia Cavaliers, winners of this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, say they won't be going to the White House to celebrate with President Donald Trump.

Head coach Tony Bennett tweeted Friday that the team has "received inquiries about a visit to the White House" but "would have to respectfully decline an invitation."

Bennett says, "With several players either pursuing pro opportunities or moving on from UVA, it would be difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together."

The Villanova Wildcats, who won the 2018 NCAA men's tournament, didn't visit the White House, either.

On the women's side, national champion Baylor has accepted an invitation to visit the White House next week.

The school said Wednesday that coach Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears are scheduled to be in Washington on Monday to celebrate their third national championship. They are expected to visit with President Donald Trump.

Mulkey and her team also visited the White House after the previous national titles, meeting with President George W. Bush in 2005 and President Barack Obama in 2012.

Baylor beat Notre Dame 82-81 on April 7.

The Clemson Tigers, who won the college football championship in January, also went to the White House - where Trump famously served them fast food from McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King.

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