ON THE BEAT

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On the beat:

Declined… To protest controversial touchdown in loss to Texas Tech. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said it wasn't worth the effort to protest the Red Raiders game-winning touchdown. A side official ruled Henderson reached the ball across the goalline before he was down on the final play of the game. Video replays didn't show conclusive evidence to reverse the call, and the touchdown was upheld. "That's part of the game -- the spots, the judgments, what they see," Stoops said. "I'm not going to sit here and whine about it and say that's why we lost."

Snapped…. Savannah State's 65-game basketball losing streak. SSU finally got a win beating Wilberforce 63-59 Saturday night. The losing streak was the longest in Division I history.

Clinched… A spot in the Conference-USA title game. A year after Central Florida went 0-11, coach George O'Leary's Golden Knights won C-USA's Eastern Division title going 7-1 in league play.

Carried…. Off the field was retiring Kansas State head coach Bill Snyder. After 17 years at KSU, Snyder decided to hang it up. His Wildcats gave him an appropriate sendoff, a 36-28 win over Missouri.

Enraged… Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo at Hawaii fans last weekend. It was bad enough Izzo's No. 4 ranked Spartans were beat 84-62 by the Rainbows, but Hawaii fans began booing when the Spartan's Shannon Brown went down hard and had to be carted away on a stretcher. "I'll be honest with you," Izzo said. "That was the maddest I've ever been as a basketball coach since I've been in college."

Blackballed…. Tuscaloosa-based artist Daniel Moore by the Alabama athletic department. Since 1979, Moore has been preserving the Crimson Tide's most memorable football moments in collector prints. Moore, who is being sued by the university for selling the items without a license, has been blackballed by the athletic department and Alabama is trying to force Moore to pay back royalties. Moore claims none of his paintings includes Alabama's script logo "A," the word Bama or even the Big Al elephant mascot. The paintings are extremely popular and expensive. For example, Moore's has already sold 4,334 copies of his depiction of Tyrone Prothro's miracle catch against Southern Miss at $300 a piece.

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