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Vandy coach: Lack of White House invite a 'slap in the face'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt coach Stephanie White says it is a "slap in the face" to the Gamecocks that South Carolina still is waiting for an invitation to the White House as the reigning national women's basketball champions.

White, who visited the White House as a national champ with Purdue and later as a WNBA champion with the Indiana Fever, said Thursday at SEC media day that it bothers her and isn't right, especially since other champions have been invited.

The office of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said recently an invite would be coming later. Haley, the former South Carolina governor, is friends with coach Dawn Staley.

Staley says while her fellow SEC coaches are standing up for what's right, she is focused on her next NCAA Tournament berth.

Updated October 19, 2017

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