Deron Snyder | Stories - Washington Times
Skip to content

Deron Snyder

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 [email protected]

Articles by Deron Snyder

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

New Western Kentucky head coach Bobby Petrino smiles during an NCAA college football news conference, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012, in Bowling Green, Ky. The 51-year-old was fired by Arkansas in April for a "pattern of misleading" behavior following an accident in which the coach was injured while riding a motorcycle with his mistress as a passenger but now wants to make the most of his second chance. (AP Photo/The Daily News, Joe Imel)

SNYDER: WKU will let Bobby Petrino atone for sins

When a big-boy school welcomes Bobby Petrino as the new football coach, in a year or two, it can thank Western Kentucky for paving the way. Until then, the Hilltoppers can thank Tennessee, Auburn and Kentucky for being phonies, hypocrites and cowards. Published December 11, 2012

Washington Redskins defensive back Jordan Pugh (32) sacks Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) in the second half at FedEx Field in Landover Md., on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Washington Redskins won 31 to 28. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Ravens, Joe Flacco can't seal the deal

Losing back-to-back games — on the final play of regulation last week and in overtime on Sunday — is no way to begin your stretch run. It's also no way to bolster your argument for consideration as an elite quarterback. Published December 9, 2012

Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin (left) was suspended four games for using Adderall. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Focusing in on Adderall

Playing defensive back in the NFL has never been harder. They barely can touch a wide receiver past the line of scrimmage. They must master physics while delivering hits over the middle. They must stay in coverage longer and longer against pass-happy offenses and quarterback-friendly rules. Published December 6, 2012

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) and Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) celebrate on the sideline after Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan (15) scores on a 13 yard run off of a fumble by Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) to put the Redskins up 7-3 in the first quarter as the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants for monday night football at FedEx Field, Landover, Md., Monday, December 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

SNYDER: Redskins cultivating a winning mindset

Santana Moss reached the playoffs in three of his first four NFL seasons, all with the New York Jets. After Washington acquired him in 2005 for Laveranues Coles, via a straight-up trade, Moss advanced to the postseason in two of his first three years with the Redskins. He was accustomed to such success, having lost just eight times in three seasons at Miami, going 3-0 in bowl games. Published December 4, 2012