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Trump ends Obama's 'March Madness' legacy, will not fill out NCAA tournament bracket


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President Trump will not fill out an NCAA tournament bracket this year with ESPN.

Former president Barack Obama made the March tradition a staple event each year of his presidency, but Trump has backed away from that practice, so says ESPN.

According to The Washington Post, ESPN reached out to Trump administration staff extending an invitation for the president to fill out a bracket while on camera -- as was custom with President Obama.

The network recently received word, though, that Trump was passing on the media opportunity.

An ESPN spokesman announced the discussion between the network and president, saying, "We expressed our interest to the White House in continuing the presidential bracket. They have respectfully declined."

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White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks also commented on the decision in a statement to the Post.

"We look forward to working with ESPN on another opportunity in the near future," said Hicks.

While TV executives were likely expecting a potential rejection from the new president, it is shocking that Trump -- who formerly worked in the TV business on "The Apprentice" -- would turn down a public appearance on television.

President Obama filled out a bracket for both the men's and women's tournaments each year, and two of those brackets now reside with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

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March Madness - Schools with most Final 4 appearances

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  • Kansas State at Kansas

    27. Kansas State 

    Final Four appearances: 4
    NCAA Tournament championships: 0
    Most recent Final Four: 1964

    The Wildcats' Final Four drought nearly came to the end in 2010. That year, Kansas State advanced to the Elite Eight thanks in large part to the play of guards Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente. The team was knocked out by Butler, who went on to the national title game.

     (Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)

  • Pac-12 Basketball Tournament - Championship

    25. Utah

    Final Four appearances: 4
    NCAA Tournament championships: 1 (1944)
    Most recent Final Four: 1998

    The Utes won their lone championship in 1944 by beating Dartmouth 42-40 in overtime. More recently, Utah advanced to the national title game in 1998, led by future first-round draft picks Andre Miller and Michael Doleac.

    (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

  • Wisconsin v Purdue

    20. Wisconsin 

    Final Four appearances: 4
    NCAA Tournament championships: 1 (1941)
    Most recent Final Four: 2015

    Outside of their national championship in 1941, the Badgers suffered through lean times during the 20th century. The program made just two tournament appearances from 1942 to 1995 before hiring Dick Bennett away from Green Bay. In six seasons, Bennett led Wisconsin to the tournament three times, highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2000.

    The Badgers wouldn't return to the Final Four until making back-to-back appearances in 2014 and 2015 under Bo Ryan. Each trip ended in heartbreak — Wisconsin lost in the semifinals to Kentucky in 2014, then in the championship game to Duke in 2015.

    (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

  • Houston v UCF

    19. Houston 

    Final Four appearances: 5
    NCAA Tournament championships: 0
    Most recent Final Four: 1984

    The Houston basketball program peaked from 1982 to 1984, when Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler headlined the "Phi Slama Jama" teams. During that run, the Cougars amassed a combined record of 88-16 and made the Final Four each year. Houston made it to the championship game in 1983 and 1984 but lost each time to North Carolina State and Georgetown, respectively.

    (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

  • Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    18. Illinois 

    Final Four appearances: 5
    NCAA Tournament championships: 0
    Most recent Final Four: 2005

    Illinois has made just two Final Four appearances since 1952, most recently in 2005. During that run, the Fighting Illini erased a 14-point deficit in the final three minutes against Arizona in the Elite Eight in a stunning comeback led by Deron Williams and Luther Head. The team went on to lose, 75-70, in the title game against North Carolina.

    (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

  • Georgetown v Butler

    17. Georgetown

    Final Four appearances: 5
    NCAA Tournament championships: 1 (1984)
    Most recent Final Four: 2007

    In Patrick Ewing's four-year college career, the Hoyas made it to the Final Four three times, a run highlighted by a national championship in 1984. Georgetown ended its 23-year Final Four drought in 2007 with a team that had future first-round picks Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert.

    (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

  • Syracuse v North Carolina

    16. Syracuse 

    Final Four appearances: 5
    NCAA Tournament championships: 1 (2003)
    Most recent Final Four: 2013

    Syracuse has made one Final Four appearance in each of the past five decades, four of which came under current head coach Jim Boeheim. The program's lone tournament championship came in 2003 when the team was carried by freshman forward Carmelo Anthony.

     (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

  • SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    15. Florida

    Final Four appearances: 5
    NCAA Tournament championships: 2 (2006, 2007)
    Most recent Final Four: 2014

    In the 19 seasons the team was coached by Billy Donovan, Florida made the tournament 14 times, with seven Elite Eights, four Final Fours and back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Those teams were headlined by future first-round picks Corey Brewer, Joakim Noah and Al Horford and had a combined 68-11 record.

    (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • AAC Basketball Tournament - Championship

    14. UConn

    Final Four appearances: 5
    NCAA Tournament championships: 4 (1999, 2004, 2011, 2014)
    Most recent Final Four: 2014*

    With four national titles in five Final Four trips, the Huskies have taken advantage of their opportunities. Guard play paved the way for UConn's two most recent championships, first with Kemba Walker in 2011 and then with Shabazz Napier in 2014.

    *Note: Connecticut and Florida each last made the Final Four in 2014. UConn's second-most recent appearance (2011) was more recent than Florida's (2007), so the Huskies won the tiebreaker.

     (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

  • SMU v Cincinnati

    13. Cincinnati 

    Final Four appearances: 6
    NCAA Tournament championships: 2 (1961, 1962)
    Most recent Final Four: 1992

    The Bearcats made five consecutive Final Four appearances from 1959 to 1963, the first two of which came with future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson leading the charge. Though both of The Big O's trips to the Final Four ended in disappointment, Cincinnati won back-to-back titles in 1961 and 1962.

     (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • LSU v Arkansas

    12. Arkansas 

    Final Four appearances: 6
    NCAA Tournament championships: 2 (1961, 1962)
    Most recent Final Four: 1992

    The Bearcats made five consecutive Final Four appearances from 1959 to 1963, the first two of which came with future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson leading the charge. Though both of The Big O's trips to the Final Four ended in disappointment, Cincinnati won back-to-back titles in 1961 and 1962.

     (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

  • Oklahoma State v Iowa State

    11. Oklahoma State 

    Final Four appearances: 6
    NCAA Tournament championships: 2 (1961, 1962)
    Most recent Final Four: 1992

    The Bearcats made five consecutive Final Four appearances from 1959 to 1963, the first two of which came with future Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson leading the charge. Though both of The Big O's trips to the Final Four ended in disappointment, Cincinnati won back-to-back titles in 1961 and 1962.

    (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

  • Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Semifinals

    10. Michigan 

    Final Four appearances: 7
    NCAA Tournament championships: 1 (1989)
    Most recent Final Four: 2013

    Despite winning a national title in 1989, the Wolverines' back-to-back Final Four trips in 1992 and 1993 are arguably the most celebrated seasons in program history. Each of those runs was led by the "Fab Five" recruiting class, featuring Chris Webber, Jalen Rose and Juwan Howard. More recently, Michigan advanced to the national championship game in 2013, where the team lost to Louisville.

    (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

  • Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    9. Indiana 

    Final Four appearances: 8
    NCAA Tournament championships: 5 (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987)
    Most recent Final Four: 2002

    Indiana enjoyed a run of excellence under fiery head coach Bob Knight. In 29 seasons under Knight, the Hoosiers won three national championships, including a perfect 32-0 record during the 1975-1976 season. The program's most recent trip came in 2002, when Indiana lost to Maryland in the title game.

     (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

  • Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Championship

    8. Michigan State

    Final Four appearances: 8
    NCAA Tournament championships: 5 (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981, 1987)
    Most recent Final Four: 2002

    Indiana enjoyed a run of excellence under fiery head coach Bob Knight. In 29 seasons under Knight, the Hoosiers won three national championships, including a perfect 32-0 record during the 1975-1976 season. The program's most recent trip came in 2002, when Indiana lost to Maryland in the title game.

    (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

  • Georgia Tech v Louisville

    7. Louisville 

    Final Four appearances: 10
    NCAA Tournament championships: 3 (1980, 1986, 2013)
    Most recent Final Four: 2013

    Louisville enjoyed great success in the 30 years under head coach Denny Crum from 1971 to 2001. The Cardinals won two national titles during that time, with six trips to the Final Four. The program has enjoyed a resurgence under Rick Pitino, who led the team to a national championship in 2013.

    (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Big Ten Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    6. Ohio State 

    Final Four appearances: 10

    NCAA Tournament championships: 3 (1980, 1986, 2013)
    Most recent Final Four: 2013

    Louisville enjoyed great success in the 30 years under head coach Denny Crum from 1971 to 2001. The Cardinals won two national titles during that time, with six trips to the Final Four. The program has enjoyed a resurgence under Rick Pitino, who led the team to a national championship in 2013.

    (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

  • Big 12 Basketball Tournament - Championship

    5. Kansas

    Final Four appearances: 14
    NCAA Tournament championships: 3 (1952, 1988, 2008)
    Most recent Final Four: 2012

    The first head coach of Kansas men's basketball was the inventor of the sport itself — Dr. James Naismith. Though Naismith didn't lead the Jayhawks to much success, he laid the groundwork for one of the most dominant programs in college basketball history.

    In 14 Final Four appearances, Kansas advanced to nine national title games with three wins, most recently in 2008. That team won the championship thanks in large part to a game-tying three-pointer from Mario Chalmers in the final seconds of the national championship game against Memphis.

     (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

  • ACC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals

    4. Duke

    Final Four appearances: 16
    NCAA Tournament championships: 5 (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, 2015)
    Most recent Final Four: 2015

    As the head coach at Duke, Mike Krzyzewski has established himself as one of the greatest coaches in the history of college basketball. He is the only coach in the sport's history with over 1,000 wins, and his five national championships are the second-most behind only John Wooden.

    Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to nine national title games, including three straight from 1990 to 1992. Under Coach K, Duke has never gone more than five seasons without reaching the Final Four.

    (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

  • SEC Basketball Tournament - Championship

    3. Kentucky 

    Final Four appearances: 17
    NCAA Tournament championships: 8 (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012)
    Most recent Final Four: 2015

    Four of Kentucky's eight national championships came under Hall of Fame coach Adolph Rupp. Rupp guided the Wildcats to six Final Four appearances from 1939 to 1972, and four different head coaches have each won a national championship since his departure — Joe B. Hall (1978), Rick Pitino (1996), Tubby Smith(1998) and John Calipari (2012).

    Since Calipari took the helm in 2009, Kentucky has made four Final Four appearances and produced dozens of future NBA players, including John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.

     (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

  • Utah v UCLA

    2. UCLA

    Final Four appearances: 18
    NCAA Tournament championships: 11 (1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1995)
    Most recent Final Four: 2008

    Under legendary head coach John Wooden, UCLA had one of the most dominant dynasties in college sports history. The Bruins won 10 national championships in 12 years and featured several all-time great players, including Lew Alcindor, Bill Walton and Jamaal Wilkes.

    Since Wooden's final season in 1975, UCLA has made six Final Four appearances, including three straight from 2006 to 2008 under Ben Howland. During that run, the Bruins featured future NBA players Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Darren Collison.

    (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

  • ACC Basketball Tournament - Championship

    1. North Carolina

    Final Four appearances: 18
    NCAA Tournament championships: 5 (1957, 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009)
    Most recent Final Four: 2009

    Though UCLA has more than double the national titles North Carolina has, the Tar Heels stand toe-to-toe with the Bruins in Final Four appearances. The program made 11 of its 18 Final Fours under Hall of Famer Dean Smith, who coached the team from 1961 to 1997 with two national championships.

    Current head coach Roy Williams took over in 2003 and has taken the Tar Heels to three Final Fours and two national titles, most recently in 2009. North Carolina has had many all-time greats in its storied history, including Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Antawn Jamison.

    (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Trump family and team watches Super Bowl LI

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    U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania watch the Super Bowl LI between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, accompanied by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) at Trump International Golf club in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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    U.S. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump greet a marching band as they arrive at Trump International Golf club to watch the Super Bowl LI between New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons in West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., February 5, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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    US President Donald Trump chats with First Lady Melania Trump while watching the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    US President Donald Trump watches the Super Bowl with First Lady Melania Trump (R) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch the Palm Beach Central High School marching band perform as it greets them upon arrival to watch the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    US President Donald Trump chats with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus while watching Super Bowl LI at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    US President Donald Trump watches the Super Bowl with First Lady Melania Trump (R) and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L) at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump watch the Palm Beach Central High School marching band perform as it greets them upon arrival to watch the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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    US President Donald Trump applauds as he is greeted by the Palm Beach Central High School marching band upon arrival to watch the Super Bowl at Trump International Golf Club Palm Beach in West Palm Beach, Florida on February 5, 2017. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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