May 1, 2012, 3:20 PM EST
President Obama didn’t pick Kentucky to win the 2012 NCAA tournament. There are probably be a few friendly barbs tossed his way on Friday reminding him, too.
Obama will welcome Kentucky to the White House on Friday afternoon, continuing a tradition of NCAA champs being greeted by the president.
The visit normally doesn’t occur until late May or even June, but Wildcats coach John Calipari says he wanted to do it before all six of the players who declared for the NBA draft become too focused on that to make a trip to D.C.
Sounds like the Wildcats can’t wait to go, either.
“The amazing thing is the first thing that was said when the horn sounded in New Orleans was, ‘We’re going to the White House!’” UK coach John Calipari said Tuesday in a statement.
“It’s one of those moments for these players that they have probably thought about without us even knowing that it was important to them,” Calipari said. “So I’m excited about the opportunity for them to meet the president of the United States, the leader of the free world and someone who is trying to make a difference in their lives.”
Kentucky beat Kansas on April 2 for the school’s eighth NCAA title.
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