LSU plans on accepting invitation to the White House

Louisiana State University plans to visit the White House to celebrate their NCAA women's basketball championship, a school spokesperson confirmed.
LSU players celebrate after the NCAA Women's Final Four championship basketball game against Iowa.
Posted at 4:16 PM, Apr 06, 2023

The Louisiana State University athletics department confirmed to Scripps News on Thursday that it would accept an invitation to the White House following the women's basketball team's NCAA championship victory. 

There were questions about whether LSU would accept an invitation after a comment made by first lady Jill Biden. 

"I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House, we always do, so we’ll have LSU come, but you know what? I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come too, because they played such a good game," Biden said a day after the game, which she attended. 

LSU's Angel Reese reacts in front of Iowa's Caitlin Clark

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While it is customary for NCAA national champions to get an invitation to the White House, the same can’t be said for the losing team.


LSU star Angel Reese tweeted that Biden’s remarks were "A JOKE," alongside three laughing emojis. It also generated a discussion about race because LSU is a team made up of primarily Black athletes, while Iowa has more white athletes on its team. 

"When Black women win a national championship, they should not be forced to share the stage with the losing team," said former White House aide Keith Boykin. 

It's unclear whether Reese will join her team at the White House. She said on a podcast this week that Iowa can have the spotlight, suggesting that LSU can visit the Obamas instead.

President Joe Biden offered the official invite, making no mention of the first lady's comments or Iowa. 

LSU head coach Kim Mulkey holds the winning trophy after the NCAA Women's Final Four championship basketball game.

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LSU used a record offensive performance to beat Iowa 102-85 and win the first basketball title, men's or women's, in school history.