An athletic department spokesman told Dawg Nation, “The University of Georgia first received on May 3 an invitation for the Bulldog football team to visit the White House on June 12. Unfortunately, the date suggested is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and time of year. However, we are appreciative of the invitation and look forward to other opportunities for Georgia teams moving forward."
The Bulldogs didn’t attend last year either after winning its first of back-to-back titles. In January, Georgia defeated TCU, 65-7, to win its second straight championship.
There had previously been complaints that the team had not been invited sooner. A bipartisan group of Georgia’s congressional delegation wrote to the White House in January, “It is our hope that this repeat championship team can join the many teams prior that have been honored by the President.”
A Biden administration official in January said the White House “looks forward to welcoming” Georgia, but the invitation did not arrive until last week.
The White House is fresh off another sports controversy during which first lady Jill Biden suggested inviting Iowa’s women’s basketball team which had finished behind LSU in the national championship last month.
The first lady said after watching the game, “I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do. So, we hope LSU will come. But, you know, I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come, too, because they played such a good game.”
LSU star Angel Reese slammed the first lady’s plan saying, “If we were to lose, we would not be getting invited to the White House. Remember she made a comment about how both teams should be invited because of sportsmanship. I’m like, ‘Are you saying that because of what I did?’
“Stuff like that bothers me because you are a woman at the end of the day, white, black, Mexican, it doesn’t matter. You’re supposed to be standing behind us before anything.”
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