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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

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

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches his team warm up before a NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

SNYDER: There's no choice but to trust Shanahan

The Redskins' 3-2 record under Rex Grossman is perfectly reasonable and widely considered a best-case scenario after five games entering the season. But the masses in D.C. are convinced that the wrong guy is under center. So the question must be asked: Are you going to trust Mike Shanahan or your lying eyes? Published October 18, 2011

SNYDER: Redskins' defense doomed by slow start

Coming off the bye week, facing a desperate team with a dangerous offense, Washington's defense opened Sunday's game in the worst possible fashion - flat and lax. Published October 16, 2011

Maryland men's head basketball coach Mark Turgeon speaks during an NCAA college basketball news conference, on May 11, 2011, in College Park, Md. Turgeon realizes for now at least, he will have to live with the lack of depth on the roster, as the Terps have nine scholarship players. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

SNYDER: Hold judgment on Mark Turgeon

No one expects much this season from the Maryland men's basketball team, which features two returning starters and six walk-on players in what figures to be a long season for new coach Mark Turgeon. Published October 13, 2011

SNYDER: Door wide open for Opportunity

Knock, knock. "Who's there?" asks Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman. "Golden," comes the reply. "Ms. Golden Opportunity." Published October 11, 2011

Capitals right wing Mike Knuble, 39, has improved with age. Of his 268 goals, 218 have been scored since he turned 30. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: For Mike Knuble, it's about time

Before the Washington Capitals' second-round collapse last season against Tampa Bay, before another premature offseason guessing game of who's leaving and who's staying, and before coach Bruce Boudreau was assured of returning for yet another go, GM George McPhee re-signed Mike Knuble to a one-year extension. Published October 6, 2011

SNYDER: Banks is in it for the long run

Brandon Banks sat at his locker and shook his head, thinking about the difference between this season and last year's breakout campaign, when he emerged as the Washington Redskins' threat-to-break-a-long-one returner. Published October 4, 2011

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick injured his right hand Sunday, and his status for this week's game against San Francisco is uncertain. (Associated Press)

SNYDER: In Vick's world, some QBs are more equal than others

Battered and bruised by the New York Giants, after the Atlanta Falcons administered similar rough treatment a week earlier, Michael Vick opened himself to shots from the media and fans, who gladly piled on. And the pressure he's been under through three games is nothing compared to the blitz he faced after his postgame comments Sunday. Published September 26, 2011