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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

Tight end Fred Davis walks off the field Sunday for likely the last time this season, as he is facing a four-game suspension. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Fred Davis, Trent Williams have to take responsibility

If tight end Fred Davis and left tackle Trent Williams were suspended solely for marijuana use during the lockout - when, technically, they weren't NFL employees - outrage would be an appropriate reaction. How dare the league try to impose discipline on individuals it locked them out, telling them "thanks but no thanks" when they showed up for work? Published December 4, 2011

Rex Grossman is among the multiple players who received high marks for their performances Sunday in Seattle. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: Seeds of hope planted in Seattle

A patron behind me said aloud what most folks in the place surely were thinking — self included — as Rex Grossman leaned back and went long: "Why is he doing that?" Published November 29, 2011

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose was drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, after playing one year at Memphis. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

SNYDER: NBA will return, but issues remain

The best gift from Black Friday didn't involve arising at an ungodly hour, competing with an unruly throng and spending at an unwise pace. But it did arrive in the wee hours, hammered out by contentious groups that were squabbling over money. Published November 27, 2011

FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo, former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky sits in a car as he leaves the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot in State College, Pa. Sandusky, who is charged with sexually abusing eight boys in a scandal that has rocked the university, said in an telephone interview with Bob Costas Monday night on NBC News' "Rock Center" that there was no abuse and that any activities in a campus shower with a boy were just horseplay, not molestation. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Andy Colwell, File)

SNYDER: What if it was their child who was abused?

If you have a young son or daughter, or a young niece or nephew, or another young person you care about regardless of relation, the past week led to some reflection. Published November 17, 2011

SNYDER: Maryland president Loh has hard judgment call

Members of Maryland's commission on intercollegiate athletics faced an unenviable task when president Wallace D. Loh brought them together four months ago. They were asked to review the athletic department's finances and operations and then recommend measures to increase revenues and decrease costs. Published November 15, 2011

Georgetown's Otto Porter had nine points, eight rebounds, and three blocks against Savannah State on Saturday afternoon. The Hoyas won 83-54. (AP Photo/Haraz Ghanbari)

SNYDER: Hoyas putting puzzle together

The grunt came from the back as a question was posed after Georgetown's season-opening victory against Savannah State. Big John Thompson took umbrage at a reporter's choice of words to describe Monday's game, the last contest before Georgetown heads to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational. Published November 13, 2011

In this Nov. 20, 2004, file photo, Penn State coach Joe Paterno waves to the crowd in the fourth quarter of Penn State's 37-13 win over Michigan State in an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa. Penn State trustees fired Paterno and university president Graham Spanier amid the growing furor over how the school handled sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach. The massive shakeup Wednesday night, Nov. 9, 2011, came hours after Paterno announced that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

SNYDER: When coaches become deities

We'll never forget that line last March, as the Ohio State football program was unraveling, when president E. Gordon Gee was asked about possibly firing Jim Tressel. "Are you kidding?" he said. "I'm just hopeful that the coach doesn't dismiss me." Published November 10, 2011

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith provides the type of production the Redskins wish they could get out of John Beck. (Pratik Shah/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: 49ers' model shines a light on Shanahan's miscalculations

In terms of quarterbacks who played college football in the state of Utah, it appears that the Washington Redskins have the wrong one. While few in the NFL thought much of either former Brigham Young star John Beck or former Utah star Alex Smith entering this season, the Redskins might squeal in joy if they employed the latter rather than the former. Published November 6, 2011

SNYDER: Racial equality slow to reach NFL's front office

Bobby Mitchell paused and stared ahead for several seconds. Moderator Maury Povich had just posed a loaded question to the NFL Hall of Famer who integrated the Washington Redskins in 1962 and later served as the team's assistant general manager for 20 years. Published November 3, 2011

NCAA Division I Board of Directors passed a number of sweeping measures Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011, most notably allowing conferences to vote on providing up to $2,000 in spending money to college athletes. NCAA President Mark Emmert is shown above. (PRNewsFoto/Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Lisa Helfert)

SNYDER: Reforms won't solve problems for NCAA

Paying college athletes always has seemed wrong to me for a number of reasons. All college athletes aren't big revenue producers. There's no way to devise an equitable compensation system. Athletes in nonrevenue sports need the funds generated by big-money sports. A college education, along with training, equipment, travel, etc., has real value that shouldn't be ignored. Published October 30, 2011

SNYDER: Looking past the sleaze of HS hoops

It's easy to be jaded and cynical and skeptical about the merits of big-time youth basketball, in which teenagers fly around the nation, play on national TV and grace magazine covers. Published October 23, 2011