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September 29

Kirk Cousins has chance to alter big game narrative

Vikings QB faces pivotal game at Soldier Field
September 28
Minnesota Golden Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) handed off the ball to running back Shannon Brooks (4) during practice Saturday.

Gophers need run game to get on track vs. Purdue

Return of Shannon Brooks should provide spark
September 15
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins walked back to the sidelines after throwing an interception in the end zone during the fourth quarter.

Scoggins postgame: Cousins' gaffes decisive in Vikings' loss

A terrible start got the Vikings behind the 8-ball, but they rallied and could have stolen the victory in Green Bay.
September 8
Scoggins: Seven key moments during the Vikings' dominating victory

Scoggins: Seven key moments during the Vikings' dominating victory

The game started with a sack. Then a blocked punt. Then a touchdown pass to Adam Thielen. That's a textbook example of starting a season on the right note.
March 29

Friends, former AAU teammates meet for Final Four spot

Star guards for Purdue and Virginia played against each other in high school
March 29
Purdue head coach Matt Painter

Purdue's Painter reflects on being recruited by Gophers

Purdue coach Matt Painter made four official visits as a senior in high school – Purdue, Michigan State, Minnesota and Evansville. He said he gave serious consideration to the Gophers over the Boilermakers but opted to stay close to home.
March 21
Iowa guard Connor McCaffery is fouled by Indiana guard Devonte Green, right, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Feb. 22

Scoggins: Iowa player could be on court today, baseball diamond tonight

Iowa freshman Connor McCaffery, son of basketball coach Fran McCaffery, plays two sports for the Hawkeyes.
November 10, 2018
Minnesota defensive back Jacob Huff stopped Purdue running back D.J. Knox during the second quarter

Scoggins: Gophers defense performs stunning about-face

Pick any superlative and it applies to the performance put forth by a unit that became so overwhelmed and deflated that P.J. Fleck had no choice but to fire defensive coordinator Robb Smith this week.
October 2, 2018
Former Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor

Scoggins: Falvey, Levine making a mistake by firing Molitor

Unless there were personality clashes behind the scenes that we're not privy to, this move doesn't make sense, other than Derek Falvey and Thad Levine wanted their own hand-picked manager.
September 23, 2018
Bills quarterback Josh Allen dives over the pile for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.

Scoggins instant reaction: Vikings should be embarrassed by this flop

The Vikings looked totally and utterly unprepared to play in a 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Listed as 16½-point favorites, the Vikings played as poorly as any team could possibly look in digging a crater in the first half.
August 31, 2017
Linebacker Carter Coughlin

Scoggins: Coughlin, Winfield, quarterbacks among Gophers to watch

There are a lot of subplots to the Gophers' season opener against Buffalo. Here are a half-dozen players to keep an eye on during the game.
August 4, 2017
Scoggins: Superfan from New York checks off Vikings bucket list item

Scoggins: Superfan from New York checks off Vikings bucket list item

Jonathan Donath, a New Yorker who grew up in St. Louis Park, can rattle off the six most memorable days of his life in a matter of seconds.
July 26, 2017
CORRECTS DATE - Minnesota NCAA college football running back Rodney Smith speaks at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Gophers' Rodney Smith: Etiquette, fashion and life under Fleck

Among other things, Gophers running back Rodney Smith talked about how things have changed under coach P.J. Fleck away from the football field.
May 30, 2017

Despite not being used, Wheeler enjoys 'cool moment' of MLB call-up

It's unclear how long his stay will last, but Jason Wheeler savored his first opportunity in the big leagues after being in the minors since 2012.
April 6, 2017
Mike Sherels to receive Courage Award as recovery continues

Mike Sherels to receive Courage Award as recovery continues

Former Gophers football captain and coach will be honored for overcoming dire medical problems.
March 16, 2017
Middle Tennessee State's Edward Simpson (11) reacts after making a three-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament f

Scoggins: Mason, Gophers struggle on big stage

Nate Mason had a nightmarish outing as the Gophers looked disjointed for all but a brief spurt late in the second half Thursday.
March 16, 2017
Guard Nate Mason

Scoggins: My game-day prediction: Gophers win

Gophers defense should help them advance in the NCAA Tournament. Reggie Lynch must stay out of foul trouble and Nate Mason needs to play like a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
January 14, 2017
Minnesota's Linebackers coach Mike Sherels was on the field for warm-up before Minnesota took on the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, Octo

New Gophers coach Fleck doesn't retain linebackers coach Sherels

Mike Sherels said Saturday morning that new Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck has informed him that he won't be part of his coaching staff. But Sherels remains hopeful that he will find a spot on Fleck's staff eventually.
January 7, 2017
Minnesota's Linebackers coach Mike Sherels was on the field for warm-up before Minnesota took on the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, Octo

Scoggins: Fleck should keep Sherels on Gophers staff

Linebacker coach Mike Sherels embodies everything about Gophers football. He loves this program, this school and this state.
January 6, 2017
Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck runs onto the field with his team before the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game ag

Scoggins: Fleck brings track record, not just slogans

Fleck's Row The Boat mantra and quirky motivational tactics will draw a lot of attention, but we shoudn't lose sight of something else.
November 6, 2016

Scoggins: Targeting penalty on Gophers' Rallis remains baffling

The Big Ten should review all targeting penalties before imposing discipline. The Gophers will be without senior linebacker Nick Rallis for Saturday's first half at Nebraska because of a questionable call.
September 27, 2016
LSU fired Les Miles after a loss to Auburn dropped the Tigers to 2-2. The school came close to firing Miles late last season reportedly at the urging

Scoggins blog: Coaching carousel churns in college football

Les Miles fired at LSU four games into season.
September 20, 2016
Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) avoids the tackle form Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) during the third quarter of an NCAA c

Scoggins: Louisville's Jackson becomes talk of college football

Quarterback Lamar Jackson has emerged as a Heisman frontrunner and the talk of college football in leading Louisville to No. 3 in the AP poll this week.
September 11, 2016
Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) returns an intercepted pass 77 yards for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second half

Scoggins: Drafting Kendricks and Hunter continues to pay dividends

The decision that changed the Vikings opener didn't come Sunday, but when the organization drafted Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter in back-to-back rounds
September 1, 2016

Scoggins: Things to watch in opener start with Leidner, of course

Season openers always bring extra intrigue because it's our first look at new players, new schemes and whether returning veterans made any discernible improvement.