On Monday, news broke that First Lady Jill Biden wants the Iowa Hawkeyes to visit the White House along with the National Champion, LSU Tigers.
Dr. Jill Biden was present Sunday when the LSU Tigers defeated the Iowa Hawkeyes in the Women’s NCAA Championship Game. We assume the First Lady was as impressed with both teams’ NCAA Tournament journeys. However, to the victors goes the spoils, including the tradition of visiting the President at the White House.
Except, Biden made comments that stated otherwise.
According to the reports, the First Lady wants Iowa invited to visit the White House in addition to the LSU Tigers. Biden applauded LSU’s victory, but not without earmarking some kudos to the Hawkeyes.
"I know we’ll have the champions come to the White House…[but] I’m going to tell Joe I think Iowa should come too, because they played such a good game. -Dr. Jill Biden"
Suffice it to say; it did not take long for LSU’s Angel Reese to react to the First Lady’s remarks.
We suspect Biden’s comments were tongue-in-cheek. However, such adds validity to the gripe that the LSU Tigers women’s basketball team is disrespected.
The disrespect started when the tournament selection committee awarded LSU the No. 3 seed in the Greenville 2 bracket. Then, the Caitlin Clark ‘can’t see me’ outrage engulfed the Tigers’ title victory. Now, the First Lady suggests LSU shares their pedestal with the team they beat at the White House.
Can society accept the LSU Tigers as the Women’s NCAA National Champions? When was the last time a runner-up or losing team’s best player offered this much of the final spotlight?
It’s sad and pathetic and must stop. LSU earned their crown and they deserve everything that comes it.
Sports teams visiting the White House occurred as early as 1865. However, it wasn’t until 1924 that the first champions in sport, the Washington Senators, visited the President. The first NCAA Champion to visit the White House was the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team.
To date, no championship game runners-up have visited the White House. Nor should they start now.
LSU Tigers head coach Kim Mulkey stated her team would accept an invitation to visit the President. No LSU Tigers have made the trip to Washington since the 2019 College Football Champions.