President Donald Trump issued an invitation on Twitter for the National Champion Clemson football team to visit the White House.
"Congratulations to a truly great football team, the Clemson Tigers, on an incredible win last night against a powerful Alabama team," he wrote.
The message included a shout-out to South Carolina, which backed the president in both the 2016 GOP primary and general election.
"A big win also for the Great State of South Carolina," he added. "Look forward to seeing the team, and their brilliant coach, for the second time at the W.H."
Congratulations to a truly great football team, the Clemson Tigers, on an incredible win last night against a powerful Alabama team. A big win also for the Great State of South Carolina. Look forward to seeing the team, and their brilliant coach, for the second time at the W.H.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 8, 2019
The Tigers crushed No. 1 Alabama 44-16 Monday night.
No timetable has been set for the Tiger's return from California, but a repeat trip would come after the Tigers visited the White House in 2017 following their second championship win. That victory also came over the Alabama Crimson Tide.
An invitation is not always a guarantee that the trip will happen. Some pro sports teams and athletes have previously declined visits in protest of the president's conduct or policies.
Months after the season, the South Carolina women’s basketball national champion team of 2017 received a White House invitation but did not participate because the date chosen conflicted with the practice schedule, coach Dawn Staley said. The day picked was called to host various collegiate teams from across the country that won titles in their respective sports outside of football and men’s basketball. Teams in those two sports are given their own individual days.
Meanwhile, in Columbia, a Clemson University banner is now flying above the Statehouse Dome, as is the tradition whenever a state school wins a championship.
The City of Charleston got in the act too, flying a Clemson tiger paw banner over City Hall.