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Virginia basketball team declines White House visit


The UVA Cavaliers announced they will not be visiting the White House.

Head coach Tony Bennett made the announcement Friday. The statement was posted to the UVA men’s basketball Twitter account.

“We have received inquiries about a visit to the White House,” Bennet said. "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.”

Many teams and individual players, both at the collegiate and professional levels, have declined White House visits, either due to scheduling or because they disagree with the current administration’s policies.

NCAA national champions, the Baylor Lady Bears, have yet to receive an invite from the White for a visit.

The UVA Cavaliers win the title game. (Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

UVA won the NCAA National championship on April 8, after defeating Texas Tech, 85-77. Their win came one season after an embarrassing first-round loss to UMBC, in a No.1 versus No. 16 matchup.

Their star players De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome, Kyle Guy, and Mamadi Diakite, have all declared for the draft.