Earlier this month, the Virginia Cavaliers basketball team capped off a historic season by winning the NCAA Tournament. As a result, they got an invitation to visit the White House this year.
On Friday, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett announced that the 2019 national championship team will not be visiting the White House. The reason he gave was that several players were either going pro or leaving Virginia, making it "difficult, if not impossible to get everyone back together..."
Last year's NCAA champions, the Villanova Wildcats, did not receive an invitation to the White house. At the time, head coach Jay Wright similarly explained that getting the players and staffers who at departed would be too difficult.
The 2017 North Carolina Tar Heels similarly struggled to find a suitable date to visit before cancelling altogether.
Few winners of any major national title have chosen to visit the White House since President Trump took office in January 2017.
The Super Bowl LI-winning Patriots visited, but quarterback Tom Brady was absent from the visit for family reasons. Several Patriots players from the title they won Super Bowl LIII have pledged not to go this year.
Another notable White House visit came earlier this year, when the national champion Clemson Tigers visited, only to find that the President had ordered takeout from Wendy's and other places for them to enjoy.