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What they're saying about USC's vacated national championship

Compiled by Anthony Slater, Staff Writer, aslater@opubco.com Published: June 7, 2011
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FORMER USC QUARTERBACK MATT LEINART, ON ESPN'S SPORTSCENTER

“It's hard to hear, but in reality, and I think I speak for everyone who was a part of that team, in reality I don't think anyone can take the championship away from us.

“No disrespect to Oklahoma, that was a great football team, but I don't think that if you talk to Oklahoma players they are going to say, ‘We are going to be national champs because this happened.' That was a hard fought football game, with two fabulous teams going head-to-head and we came out on top.”

TOMMY TUBERVILLE, FORMER AUBURN COACH AND CURRENT TEXAS TECH COACH,

TO ESPN'S JOE SCHAD

“Someone should be awarded the title. If not, the team that had to forfeit is not really punished.”

VINCE CARTER, OU CENTER IN 2004:

“They beat us fair and square. It wasn't like one of their guys was using steroids or something, which makes them physically better than us. He just took the money and bought a pair of blue jeans or something. If they would come back and award it to us, I wouldn't wear the ring. I don't want a consolation championship.”