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Candid Coaches on visiting the White House

Posted on: September 11, 2019 at 13:47:09 CT
FIJItiger MU
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It's impossible not to notice that three schools (North Carolina, Villanova and Virginia) have won national championships in men's basketball since Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States -- and none of them have visited the White House despite the fact that it was an annual tradition before Trump was inaugurated. The school that stands out most is Villanova, if only because the Wildcats visited President Obama's White House after winning the 2016 NCAA Tournament, and coach Jay Wright later described it as "the experience of a lifetime for all of us." Then Villanova won the 2018 NCAA Tournament, while President Trump was in office, but the Wildcats did not return to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest Division I schools. In exchange for complete anonymity, the coaches provided unfiltered honesty about a number of topics in the sport.

If you were to win a national title while Donald Trump is President of the United States, would your team visit the White House?

Yes - 37%

No - 63%

For the most part, we got three kinds of answers to this question. There are coaches who would not visit Trump's White House under any circumstances, coaches who would be up for going but would ultimately let their players decide, and coaches who wouldn't be excited about going for a variety of reasons but still would because they simply don't think it's right to reject the opportunity, regardless of the man in office. But what was most interesting is that almost nobody suggested they'd be enthusiastic about going, even the coaches who probably voted for Trump, because, even if they support him, they know the majority of their players, who are often African-Americans, probably don't. As one coach put it, "I'd like to go because I think it would be a great experience. But I'd lose credibility with my kids if I made them go."

Left-leaning coaches made it clear they would've had no problem visiting President Bush while right-leaning coaches insisted they would've been thrilled to visit President Barack Obama. Like so many other things right now, this issue is unique to Trump. The majority of coaches we spoke with either despise the man or understand he's despised by so many, so intensely, that visiting him would create a public perception they'd rather avoid. Some used strong language while discussing the topic. Many cited concerns about racism and hate speech as their reasoning. And what we learned in the process is that though there's no guarantee every national champion in men's basketball will skip a visit to the White House as long as President Trump is in office, it certainly seems like a likely scenario.
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Candid Coaches on visiting the White House - FIJItiger MU - 9/11 13:47:09
     Intelligent athletes visit. The others can visit in 2025(nm) - DollarSigns MU - 9/12 09:53:00
     You would prefer a Socialist, I take it. - Wehrli fan MU - 9/11 21:41:44
     RE: Candid Coaches on visiting the White House - wildturkey MU - 9/11 20:51:11
     TDS. Use your Ace and JG handles in the politics board(nm) - TigerFan92 MU - 9/11 16:51:40
     A moderator is taking your anti-Trump bias to this board? - El Zorro MU - 9/11 16:17:32
          that is like the 10th Candid Coaches article I've pasted (nm) - FIJItiger MU - 9/11 16:19:48
               Nice try but this post gave away your obvious bias - El Zorro MU - 9/11 16:22:43
                    Sure, he is terrible. Everyone knows that, even those - FIJItiger MU - 9/11 16:24:47
                         "he is terrible, everyone knows that" - El Zorro MU - 9/11 16:31:11
                              Apologies, I assumed everyone knew that about him(nm) - FIJItiger MU - 9/11 16:32:46
                                   RE: Apologies, I assumed everyone knew that about him(nm) - wildturkey MU - 9/11 20:57:45
                                   You’re so high blow, clown. (nm) - Lerxst MU - 9/11 17:50:02
                                   You're a huge douche (nm) - ChinaTiger KC - 9/11 17:27:05
     I always found it funny when a conservative.... - Mizzou1990 MU - 9/11 14:59:47
          RE: I always found it funny when a conservative.... - MNTIGER MU - 9/11 20:33:10
          Hmmmm...what could it be that has changed? - ShowMeKid MU - 9/11 15:12:43
               Journalism is dead in this country - El Zorro MU - 9/11 16:18:46
                    Here's some journalism that's alive and well. - MNTIGER MU - 9/11 20:33:44
          Any examples of this strawman you're making?(nm) - StaleyTiger MU - 9/11 15:09:48
               Goalie for Boston Bruins didn't go to the White House - El Zorro MU - 9/11 16:20:43
                    RE: Goalie for Boston Bruins didn't go to the White House - MNTIGER MU - 9/11 20:20:27
                         black unemployment TODAY at 5.5% lowest EVER - El Zorro MU - 9/12 06:37:53
                    But he wasn't called racist by the media like Mizzou1990 - StaleyTiger MU - 9/11 16:49:59
     Obama dropped more bombs than any pres in history - ChinaTiger KC - 9/11 14:42:26
          Do you think athletes aren't visiting Trump because he's - tgr MU - 9/11 15:47:01
               no. It's because he's a meanie - ChinaTiger KC - 9/11 17:25:33
          Amazing he wasn't more popular with Moscow Mitch, huh? - ShowMeKid MU - 9/11 15:37:57
     Dude lives in your head (nm) - Hickeytime MU - 9/11 14:04:13
          Yep. nm - Sarazen MU - 9/11 15:27:13
          I do enjoy the Candid Coaches series each year(nm) - FIJItiger MU - 9/11 14:07:32
               My serious response - Hickeytime MU - 9/11 14:20:35
                    My serious response in turn - FIJItiger MU - 9/11 15:55:16
                    I disagree. Trump is the weirdest thing we've ever seen in - Mizzmi27 MU - 9/11 15:23:13
                    How many athletes refused to go visit Bush? - tgr MU - 9/11 15:12:01
     i'm sure trump is losing sleep over it(nm) - TigerA MU - 9/11 13:50:48
          well, it does seem like the sort of thing he'd focus on. - bornoncampus MU - 9/11 13:56:00
               Who knows how much sleep he's lost over Hurrican Dorian - Mizzmi27 MU - 9/11 15:12:42
               RE: well, it does seem like the sort of thing he'd focus on. - FIJItiger MU - 9/11 14:00:14
               that's a good point(nm) - TigerA MU - 9/11 13:58:49

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