North Dakota State celebrated its FCS title at the White House the same way Clemson marked its championship there: with a fast-food feast.
With a skeleton kitchen staff on hand amid the federal government shutdown in January, President Donald Trump treated Clemson to a boatload of burgers, fries and such. And on Monday, he stuck with the menu for North Dakota State’s visit.
The Bison, who have won seven of the past eight national titles, had a spread of food from Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s and Domino’s.
“We could have had chefs — we could have — but we got fast food,” Trump told the team. “I know you people very well.”
In return, the team presented Trump with a green and gold jersey bearing his name and the number 45.
While some of the Clemson players stayed home from the White House trip in protest of Trump’s policies, all of the Bison players attended, coach Matt Entz said.
“This isn’t a political trip, this is a Bison trip and, personally, I sold it as two things: It’s one more opportunity for the 2018 team to be together, but also in my mind the start of the 2019 season and the things we’re going to do together,” Entz told the Grand Forks Herald.
NDSU took the 108 players who were at the Division I FCS national title game in Frisco, Texas, and two players who have joined the team since.
The Bison captured the FCS title on Jan. 5 with a 38-24 defeat of Eastern Washington.