The polarization of American politics is inescapable these days. Even for college basketball programs.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams was non-committal Monday evening after winning his third NCAA tournament title and the sixth in Tar Heels program history about whether or not they would accept an invitation to the White House to celebrate the accomplishment with President Donald Trump.
“The office of the presidency of the United States is the most fantastic place you can be,” Williams said in his post-game press conference. “But let me think on it.
“I don’t know that we’re going to get invited. I really don’t. But I know one thing, we’re putting up a nice banner in the Smith Center that’s hard to get.”
After winning the 2005 national title, the Tar Heels did not make the traditional trip to Washington because the White House invited them to come in September, when a number of players from that team had already moved on to the professional ranks. The team did go to Barack Obama’s White House after its 2009 tournament title.
Williams caused a bit of a dust-up last month when at the ACC tournament he said, “our president tweets out more bullsh– than anybody I’ve ever seen.”
That would certainly give Williams and the president something to talk about should the Tar Heels go to D.C.
Trump, for his part, has eschewed sports some in the early months of his presidency, declining to fill out NCAA tournament brackets and to throw out the first pitch at the Washington Nationals’ home opener.