Before the Wisconsin Badgers routed the Miami Hurricanes in this year's Orange Bowl, some students back in Madison were feeling less than supportive.
On the eve of the game, a University of Wisconsin group that calls itself the Student Coalition for Progress issued a press release slamming the football program for its hotel of choice, which happened to be Trump National Doral.
"It is absolutely disgusting," the organization wrote, "that the very same people of color who contributed to lead their teams to a bowl game are being rewarded with a stay in accommodations owned by a man who is one of the biggest oppressors of people of color in this country."
The group argued Wisconsin's lodging decision constituted "a massive violation of the emoluments clause" and called on the Orange Bowl and the school's alumni association to provide a "detailed explanation" as to why the hotel was chosen.
And an explanation they got.
Larry Wahl, vice president of communications for the Orange Bowl, said the hotel was chosen years ago. "We are in the fourth year of a multi-year agreement for Trump National Doral to host the team from the Big Ten/SEC/Notre Dame side of our game, or in the case of a semifinal, one of the two teams," he told the Wisconsin State Journal, showering praise on the property for "exceed[ing]" expectations and providing "exemplary service and professionalism."
Tod Pritchard, the alumni association's director of media and public relations, said "[t]he vast majority of interested travelers voiced no concerns about the hotel selection," further noting that rooms "sold out within hours."
Wisconsin Athletics spokesman Brian Mason added, "I have spent quite a bit of time around the players this week and have not heard it brought up as an issue."
A representative from the Student Coalition for Progress conceded the group wasn't aware the contract had been established four years ago when it issued the press release, according to the Badger Herald.
Despite being subjected to the horror of sleeping in a hotel that bears the president's name, the Badgers managed to defeat Miami 34-24 on Saturday.