The South Carolina women's basketball team has declined an invitation to visit the White House following its 2017 national championship, according to The Post and Courier.

Gamecocks coach Dawn Staley said Thursday the decision was not a political one, but rather a scheduling conflict that arose. The invite for Friday, when the White House is set to hold an event honoring NCAA champions happens to fall on the same day Staley says her team needed to practice.

"We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend," Staley said. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA Tournament."