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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.

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FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2016, file photo, new University of Oregon NCAA college football coach Willie Taggart takes questions during an introductory press conference in Eugene, Ore. The University of Oregon suspended football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde one month without pay after three players were hospitalized following a series of intense workouts last week. The school announced the decision in a statement Tuesday evening, Jan. 17, 2017,  and detailed a review of the incident. It added that all future workouts have been modified and the strength and conditioning coach will now report to director of performance and sports science Andrew Murray instead of coach Willie Taggart, who apologized in the statement. (Chris Pietsch/The Register-Guard via AP, File)

'Play until you puke' mindset needs to change

Adults in charge of the young men coming up in football must change the 'go-until-you-puke' mentality before youngsters can follow suit. "You ain't dead yet" is hardly the standard we want to instill as the little tykes grow up. Published January 19, 2017

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney laughs during an NCAA college football news conference Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson defeated Alabama 35-31 in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game the night before. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

SNYDER: Playing's nice, but getting paid is the real game

What's in it for you? What do you get from the fun and games that too many folks treat like life and death? That's one of the questions fans will have to ask themselves with the launch of a couple of new minor leagues -- one for football, another for basketball. Published January 11, 2017

New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) hands the pen back after autographing a poster after an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017. The New York Giants defeated the Washington Redskins 19-10. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: If Odell's day off bugs you, get a life

The New York Giants' Odell Beckham and three fellow receivers were pilloried in some quarters for dashing to Miami after dashing Washington's playoff hopes. Published January 4, 2017

In this April 27, 2016, file photo, Miami Marlins hitting coach Barry Bonds stands in the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

Hall voters facing the reality that Clemens, Bonds belong

Judging by ballots released by Hall of Fame voters, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens eventually will take their rightful place in Cooperstown. How appropriate. Only Pete Rose's exclusion makes less sense. Published December 26, 2016

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