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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

Articles by Deron Snyder

Lane Kiffin gestures as he speaks after being introduced as the new Florida Atlantic head football coach, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, in Boca Raton, Fla. The school announced the move on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after Alabama coach Nick Saban said his offensive coordinator was leaving to take over the Owls. It's the fourth opportunity for Kiffin to be a head coach, after an NFL stint with the Oakland Raiders and college ones at Tennessee and USC. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Lane Kiffin takes a step back to find the right coaching path

Lane Kiffin has run two Power 5 programs, head coach stints at USC and Tennessee. He also has run an NFL team, becoming the youngest head coach in the modern era when Al Davis signed the 31-year-old in 2007. Coaches with those stops on their resume don't land at FAU at this stage of their career. Published December 14, 2016

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) passes the ball behind and over head to Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) during a play against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

Westbrook, Harden both dazzling in bids for NBA history

Russell Westbrook and James Harden, former teammates on the Oklahoma City Thunder, have produced amazing hardwood feats through one-quarter of the NBA season, posting numbers we haven't seen in several decades. Published December 7, 2016

Former Oakland Raiders head coach John Madden, right, unveils a Pro Football Hall of Fame bust for former quarterback Ken Stabler next to Stabler's family at a ceremony during halftime of an NFL football game between the Oakland Raiders and the Atlanta Falcons in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) **FILE**

Pro Football Hall of Fame may not be wrong in jacket and ring policy stance

The family of legendary Raiders quarterback and 2016 HOF inductee Ken Stabler became a cause celebre last week when the Hall of Fame held a ring ceremony at halftime of the Bears-Vikings game. In response to a fan who wondered about the late Stabler's jewelry, Kendra Stabler-Moyes tweeted: "Sadly, my Dad goes not get a ring." Published November 9, 2016

Minnesota running back Rodney Smith (1) plays during an NCAA college football game against Purdue, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Paul Battaglia)

The greed behind the Big Ten's Friday night scheduling

Folks at the Big Ten must be asleep on the job, their dreams filled with dollar signs whirling like a slot machine. Administrators clearly aren't paying attention to what's happening in real life, which should jolt them awake in a cold sweat. Published November 7, 2016