The University of Georgia football team that won the 2022 national championships has declined to visit the White House after the Biden admin invited them.
The White House asked the Georgia football team to visit the White House on June 12th.
The University of Georgia football program declined the invite and stated “Unfortunately, the date suggested is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and time of year.”
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) May 10, 2023
🚨Update: The Georgia Bulldogs college football team have declined its invitation to visit the White House. pic.twitter.com/38oIOg4ntK
— The Calvin Coolidge Project (@TheCalvinCooli1) May 10, 2023
Here’s what CBS reported:
Georgia football has declined an invitation to visit the White House in celebration of its second-consecutive national championship. The White House extended an invite to the program for June 12, but the Bulldogs opted to pass, citing scheduling concerns.
“Unfortunately, the date suggested is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and time of year,” a Georgia spokesman told The Athletic. “However, we are appreciative of the invitation and look forward to other opportunities for Georgia teams moving forward.”
The specific date comes at a time when athletes are in the midst of June workouts with eight new high school recruits expected to be enrolled. Additionally, 25 players have left via either graduation, transfer portal or the NFL Draft since the Bulldogs won the 2022 national championship.
Historically, college football teams tend to visit the White House within months of winning a championship to lessen the amount of turnover expected on a title roster.
— New York Post (@nypost) May 10, 2023
The New York Post got the scoop too:
Georgia repeated as national champions but will not have a second consecutive corresponding White House visit.
The Bulldogs announced Tuesday that they are declining Joe Biden’s invitation to attend what is being deemed “College Athlete Day” on June 12.
“The University of Georgia first received on May 3 an invitation for the Bulldog football team to visit the White House on June 12,” Georgia’s athletic association said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the date suggested is not feasible given the student-athlete calendar and time of year.”
Several months back, there were gripes among Georgia supporters that the team had not been invited sooner.
The Kentucky Derby winner also refused to visit the White House:
Neither the Kentucky Derby winner nor the Georgia Bulldogs want to visit Biden in the White House. Why? pic.twitter.com/YmB19MLz7W
— @amuse (@amuse) May 10, 2023