The Georgia Bulldogs will once again skip the White House to celebrate a national championship.
The school did not attend last year after winning its first of consecutive titles. The team defeated TCU, 65-7, last January to earn its second straight win.
«Unfortunately, the suggested date is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and the time of year,» an athletic department spokesperson told Dawg Nation. «However, we appreciate the invite and look forward to other opportunities for Georgia teams to move forward.»
President Biden originally did not invite the Bulldogs, which drew a lot of criticism. COVID-19 safety precautions prevented Georgia from visiting last year, but defensive lineman Warren Brinson let your displeasure be heard on Twitter in February, saying it was «insane» that the team still hadn’t been invited this time.
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However, after the tweet and the request signed by US Rep. Earl LeRoy «Buddy» Carter and Sens. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, an invitation was sent out.
“The Georgia Bulldogs, led by Head Coach Kirby Smart, completed a historic season in which they went 15-0 and won their second National Championship in as many years,” the political leaders wrote in their petition.
«The 2022-2023 team allowed an average of 14.2 points per game and scored an incredible 41 points per game. This marks the fourth college football national championship in school history and the 2022-23 Bulldogs become the first team in the college football playoff era to win back-to-back national championships.
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«For years, the national champion in college football has had the great honor of being greeted by the president at the White House. Due to COVID-19 limitations, the University of Georgia 2021-22 national championship team was unable to coming to DC We hope this repeat championship team can join the many previous teams that have been honored by the president.»
The UConn men’s and LSU women’s basketball teams will visit the White House on May 26.
A college football champion hasn’t visited the White House since LSU did to celebrate their 2020 title. The 2021-22 NBA champions Golden State Warriors visited the White House in January after failing to do so in 2017 and 2018 while former President Trump was in office.
Neither the Toronto Raptors nor the los angeles lakersThe winners of the 2019 and 2020 NBA Finals visited the White House to commemorate their titles, but the Milwaukee Bucks made the trip to visit President Biden in November 2021.
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The last champion team to visit President Trump was the Washington Nationals 2019, five days after his World Series victory over the Houston Astros. The pandemic made visits more difficult, and by the time restrictions began to be lifted, Biden had taken office.