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Deron Snyder

Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett's 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @DeronSnyder or email him at deronwashtimes@gmail.com.

Articles by Deron Snyder

Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld, right, congratulates Wizards point guard John Wall during a news conference to announce Wall's new contract with the NBA basketball team at the Verizon Center on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in Washington. Wall signed a five-year, $80 million extension to remain with the team. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SNYDER: Wizards' success shouldn't give Ernie Grunfeld free pass

Despite the excitement of making the playoffs and beating the Chicago Bulls, Washington has yet to reach championship-caliber status. Likewise, the team's architec, has yet to prove he's the right person to get the team there. Published May 12, 2014

Wisconsin's Traevon Jackson dribbles past the NCAA logo during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin plays  Baylor in a regional semifinal on Thursday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SNYDER: No one-stipend-fits-all solution for NCAA

The disparities within college sports are numerous and enormous in Division I alone, which has 65 power-conference schools and another 218 schools in lower income brackets. The differences grow exponentially when you include Divisions II and III, the majority of 1,100 schools under the NCAA's umbrella. There's no fair way to lump them all together or treat them all the same. Published May 5, 2014

Alabama head coach Nick Saban poses with The Coaches' Trophy during a BCS National Championship college football game news conference Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Alabama defeated Notre Dame 42-14 Monday night to win the national championship. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

SNYDER: Alabama’s excellence built to last under Saban

Nick Saban's three national titles at Alabama arguably are more impressive than Paul Bryant's six. The Bear never had to contend with scholarship limits, early entries to the NFL draft, or a conference in which football and breathing are equal in importance. Published January 8, 2013

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs for a first down in the second half against the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild card game at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Russell Wilson beats RG3 at his own game

He was given short shrift entering the season, primarily due to his diminutive stature. He went on to win Seattle's starting job, but nationally played second fiddle to Robert Griffin III and third banana to Andrew Luck in this season of high-profile rookie quarterbacks. But Russell Wilson is the one who has advanced to the playoffs' next round while the other two have begun their offseason vacations. Published January 6, 2013

Maryland guard Jake Layman (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Terp tested: Turgeon has team ready to take on ACC

The stream of early season cupcakes didn't leave Maryland soft and weak Saturday when the Terrapins faced Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener. Although opponents hadn't offered much resistance as Mark Turgeon's squad reeled off 12 consecutive wins, regular practice sessions made his team hard, strong and hungry to devour a real foe. Published January 6, 2013

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (46) stiff arms Dallas Cowboys strong safety Eric Frampton (27) during a third quarter run on his way to the franchise's season running record at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Dec. 30, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Alfred Morris carries Redskins into playoffs

Robert Griffin III is Washington's MVP and easily could be the NFL's Rookie of the Year. But Alfred Morris earned both distinctions for the regular season finale. On national TV with Dallas in town and a playoff berth at stake, Morris delivered a statement Sunday and made history in the process. Published December 31, 2012

Phil Jackson could be atop Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov's coaching list after Avery Johnson was fired with the team 14-14. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Phil Jackson hire would bring Zen to Nets

Here's where Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov can show much better instincts than the Lakers' ownership duo of Jerry and Jimmy Buss when it comes to making Phil Jackson their team's next coach. Published December 30, 2012

Darryl Hill was a pioneer in integrating ACC athletics. Now he wants to make sure lower-income kids still have a chance to play sports in an increasingly expensive world. (AP Photo/The Baltimore Sun, Univ. of Maryland)

SNYDER: Darryl Hill breaking down pay-to-play barrier in youth athletics

No one has to convince Darryl Hill about the value of sports in society. He has been a first-hand witness for a half-century, ever since he enrolled at the University of Maryland and became the first African-American to play in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Published December 25, 2012

A Big East Conference logo is displayed on the court after Georgetown played Western Carolina in an NCAA college basketball game at the Verizon Center in Washington, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. The seven Big East schools that don't play FBS football have decided to leave the conference and pursue a new basketball framework.  The seven schools are: Georgetown, St. John's, Villanova, DePaul, Marquette, Seton Hall and Providence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

SNYDER: Big East pays price for abandoning its values

The Big East's chickens haven't come home to roost. They've come back to destroy the place, ripping off the ceiling, knocking down the walls and smashing up the foundation. They've come home and created a shambles, just like the Big East has decimated Conference USA, twice. Published December 16, 2012