Notre Dame coach noncommittal on White House visit

McGraw says team will make decision if invited

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Notre Dame women's basketball head coach Muffet McGraw cuts down the net after the Fighting Irish beat Mississippi State on Sunday for the national title.

Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw avoided saying Monday whether the national champions will visit the White House if invited, according to a report from The Associated Press.

"We'll discuss it with the team and make a decision if the offer is extended," McGraw told the AP in a phone interview the day after the Fighting Irish beat Mississippi State for the national title.

Notre Dame won the game 61-58 after an historic second-half comeback that culminated in a last-second game-winning 3-point shot by Arike Ogunbowale, who had also delivered a game-winning 3-pointer against UConn in the national semifinals.

A White House visit has been seen as a badge of honor for sports champions, but has also occasionally been overshadowed by politics.

Last year's national champion South Carolina Gamecocks declined a White House invitation, instead saying it would focus on defending its title.

Several members of the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles, including Chris Long, Torrey Smith and Malcolm Jenkins, have said they will skip the team's visit when invited.

And President Donald Trump declared in a September 2017 tweet that the NBA champion Golden State Warriors' invite had been "withdrawn" after star guard Stephen Curry said he wouldn't be visiting the White House.

However, the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Clemson Tigers football team, Pittsburgh Penguins and New England Patriots are among the sports champions that have visited Trump in the White House since he took office.

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