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.”
BILL HANCOCK, BCS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“The group discussed the action that the NCAA took and this was not a difficult decision for our group.
“Had USC not been eligible at the time, it is not possible to know what other team would have played in the championship game or who would have won that game.
“I'm not sure the Sooners would want that trophy. Lots of time has gone by, and I think Coach Stoops and the Sooners are thinking about the future and not the past.”
GRANT TEAFF, AMERICAN FOOTBALL COACHES ASSOCIATION
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR :
“The trophy will not be awarded to anyone else because it goes to the champion of the BCS, and there is no champion for that particular year.”