President Donald Trump may have just staked his claim in the BYU-University of Utah rivalry.
On Friday, Trump hosted the University of Utah ski team at an event welcoming NCAA championship teams to the White House. The Utes won their 12th national championship in April.
Trump posed with the university’s ski team and education secretary Betsy DeVos for a photo, where the 45th president threw up the U sign.https://twitter.com/colincampbell/status/931626909934477314
Flashing the U is a tradition University of Utah fans often embrace. The wildly popular trend began in 2001 with the school’s gymnastics team.
“It's since exploded into something Utah fans do to show school spirit on social media, at games and, heck, just about anywhere,” according to the Deseret News.
The university’s ski team was one of several other college teams to visit the White House, including the University of Oklahoma’s men’s golf team and the University of Florida baseball team, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The South Carolina women’s basketball team declined to visit the White House, despite receiving an invitation, according to Bleacher Report.
The team’s head coach, Dawn Staley, declined the invite.
"We did hear from the White House about attending tomorrow's event, but we will not be able to attend," Staley said in a statement, according to Bleacher Report. "As I've been saying since our practices for this season started, all of our focus is on the season ahead. The only invitation we are thinking about is to the 2018 NCAA tournament."
Earlier this year, Trump rescinded his invitation for the Golden State Warriors to attend the championship-honoring event at the White House.
The Pittsburgh Penguins, winner of the 2017 Stanley Cup, attended the White House event.