Unlike the NFL, nearly no college football teams take the field until after the national anthem, according to The Associated Press.
"Most schools are wise enough not to play the national anthem while players are on the field", Kansas State coach Bill Snyder told the AP at the time, adding, "I concur with that".
And given the president's strong stance on the national anthem, it's no surprise that his critics pounced.
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Donald Trump during the national anthem at the College Football Playoff National Championship in Atlanta on January 8, 2018. Trump seemed more excited to sing along near the end of the song, according to the pool report.
But after Trump was seen mouthing words that did not match the lyrics of The Star Spangled Banner, some questioned whether the president actually knows the words to his nation's anthem. "Just show some respect for your country", Don Jr. wrote. Nearly made me cry. And as it began, Trump sang along as his hand rested over his heart.
Before travelling to Atlanta from Tennessee on Monday afternoon, Trump tweeted, "We want our flag respected - and we want our NATIONAL ANTHEM respected also".
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"There's plenty of space for people to express their views and to protest, but we love our flag and we love our anthem, and we want to keep it that way", he said. He renewed the attack earlier Monday on Twitter.
Before his apparent anthem flub, Trump was welcomed onto the field by a mixture of boos and cheers.
The White House has vehemently denied these claims, and the president took to Twitter to personally defend his mental health in a string of now infamous tweets.
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Trump has singled out ex-NFL quarterback Kaepernick for launching the trend past year, and called other pro ballers SOBs who should be fired for participating in the silent protests.