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Chip Scoggins

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Location: Minneapolis
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Chip Scoggins is a sports columnist and enterprise writer for the Star Tribune. He previously covered the Vikings, Gophers football, Wild, Wolves and high school sports in nearly 19 years at the paper.


Scoggins was born in Missouri but moved to Tennessee when he was only a few months old and lived there until he was 20. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree. He worked at newspapers in Texas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Chicago before joining the Star Tribune in 2000.
Recent content from Chip Scoggins
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck watched his team in the first half at Iowa on Saturday.

Scoggins: Gophers' frustration runs high following a blown opportunity

It was failure at the worst possible moments at Kinnick Stadium, and the U did not look like a team that started off 9-0.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck and Athletic Director Mark Coyle posed for the cameras after Fleck was hired on Jan. 6, 2017.

Scoggins: How P.J. Fleck got the Gophers coaching job (but didn't get lunch)

Fleck walked into his interview carrying a basket filled with binders that had the Gophers logo on the front cover and "Minnesota Gophers" on the spine. Then he laid out his coaching vision in a Fleckian TED Talk.
Scoggins: How did Gophers offense go from struggling to superior? It's simple

Scoggins: How did Gophers offense go from struggling to superior? It's simple

Coach P.J. Fleck hears the same adjective used by rival coaches and other outsiders to describe his offense: Simple. Fleck insists he is not annoyed by that opinion.
Gophers defensive back Jordan Howden intercepted what would have been a touchdown pass intended for Penn State wide receiver KJ Hamler late in the fou

Scoggins: No denying it now, Gophers football program 100% legit

Largely ignored nationally before Saturday because of their strength of schedule, the Gophers stood up and made people take notice.
Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday

Pigskin Slingers Have Surprised: Both QBs Exceed Expectations

Tanner Morgan and Sean Clifford were promised only an opportunity to compete for starting jobs at their respective schools.
Gophers wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell (7) and wide receiver Rashod Bateman (13) celebrated Bateman's first-quarter touchdown against Maryland. Up ne

Scoggins: 8-0 Gophers vs. 8-0 Penn State. Who could ask for anything more?

A legitimate big game under a national spotlight, which, for those new to Gophers football, happens every half-century or so. Or so it seems.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins walked off the field after not being able to move the markers in the fourth quarter.

Scoggins: Vikings had everything in their favor, but blew it

Looking to assign blame for Sunday's loss? In all four phases of the game at Kansas City, the Vikings fell short.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds his leg after he was tackled by Colts defensive ends Kemoko Turay and Justin Houston on Oct. 6. Mahomes

Scoggins: Mahomes is tricky enough he might reappear against Vikings

Matt Moore or Patrick Mahomes? That's a fairly significant question for the Chiefs hanging over Sunday's game with the Vikings. And one that likely won't be answered until 90 minutes before kickoff.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders flashed a smile in the first quarter Sunday at Target Center.

Scoggins: Saunders shows Wolves his bite without cursing and screaming

Timberwolves followers have witnessed coach Ryan Saunders in the role of good cop for years. But how he would handle moments calling for stern action was an unknown entering this season
Gophers defensive backs Antoine Winfield Jr. and Chris Williamson celebrated following their 52-10 victory over Maryland on Saturday night.

Scoggins: Blowout victory sets up dream scenario for Gophers football

By throttling Maryland, the Gophers checked another box to set up a Nov. 9 showdown with Penn State, the biggest home game for the program since Michigan came to town on a Friday night in 2003.
Wild left winger Jordan Greenway kept control of the puck after dropping to the ice in the first period against the Canadiens on Sunday.

Scoggins: Wild might be bad, but tanking is not the solution

Apparently, reasonable people who love hockey and make an emotional investment in the Wild would cheer a terrible season if the tradeoff is the NHL's No. 1 draft pick.
Loons defender Ike Opara, who was a key acquisition by Minnesota United this season, shook hands with L.A. Galaxy pkayers after Sunday's playoff loss.

Scoggins: Loons made commitment to improve, and it has to continue

Minnesota United's debut appearance in the Major League Soccer playoffs should be viewed as an opportunity lost. A new standard now guides every decision.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson made a reception and ran the ball for a first down in the second quarter against Rutgers.

Scoggins: By taking care of business, Gophers alone in first in Big Ten West

The Gophers had a ragged start offensively but were never in danger of joining Wisconsin's plight before sprinting away in the second half.
Gophers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi was interviewed after practice recently.

Scoggins: Rossi's Gophers defense shows again that coaching matters

The Gophers are 9-1 since Joe Rossi took over as defensive coordinator last year, while Rutgers has been outscored 165-7 in four Big Ten games so far.
Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski had his best game Sunday in confounding the Eagles defense.

Scoggins: Vikings' Stefanski makes his mark with masterful game plan

Vikings players deserve credit for feasting on an Eagles defense that had vulnerable areas, but offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski's plan was a winner by being both creative and aggressive.
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks ran for a first down in the first half Saturday against Nebraska.

Scoggins: Gophers take big leap forward

The Gophers stood up and stood tall in delivering a mature performance that felt like a fork in the road. Big game, important moment and they pounced like a tiger stalking prey.
Coach P.J. Fleck has the Gophers off to their first 5-0 start since 2004.

Scoggins: Can the Gophers seize the moment?

In a bleak Twin Cities sports scene, the Gophers have a legitimate chance to start 8-0 and expand their following at a time when Minnesota sports fans could use a boost.
Jake Odorizzi’s final line against the Yankees on Monday night: Two runs allowed on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

Scoggins: Odorizzi stepped up when few Twins did

Jake Odorizzi supplied five solid innings that would have looked better if not for a defensive misplay and a solo home run that cleared the wall by inches.
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks slipped out of a tackle attempt by Illinois’ Delano Ware as he continued to churn out yardage in the third quart

Scoggins: Prolific Gophers ground game sets up passing attack

The abundance of praise directed at the Gophers wide receiver corps the first month of the season was well-earned. Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks proved Saturday they aren't too shabby themselves.
University of St. Thomas head football coach Glenn Caruso celebrated with his team after defeating St. John's in 2017 at Target Field.

St. Thomas wants to go Division I, gets invitation to Summit League

The University of St. Thomas made clear Friday that it intends to turn Division I in athletics, less than five months after being involuntarily removed from the Division III MIAC.
Twins catcher Mitch Garver now earns more strikes for his pitchers by honing his pitch-framing skills.

'I didn't wake up this good.' Garver's major makeover leads to historic season

Mitch Garver's emergence as a power hitter ranks at the top of the surprise developments that propelled the Twins to their 101-victory season.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins walked off the field after the loss to the Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Scoggins: This was a putrid Soldier Field loss, even by Vikings standards

The problems begin, but don't end, with frazzled quarterback Kirk Cousins, now 5-27 against teams with a winning record.
Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman makes a catch in front of Purdue cornerback Dedrick Mackey on his way to a touchdown during the second half

Scoggins: Gophers go with what works vs. Purdue, and it works masterfully

The Gophers on Saturday ran a fast-break offense to perfection because their wide receiver corps is fantastic and Purdue's defense is the opposite of fantastic.
Thomas Barber is ending a run of family members that has spanned two generations and 42 seasons at the University of Minnesota.

After 42 years of Gophers football, Barber family's long run ending at the U

Twilight brings appreciation for the uniqueness of a family's bond to one program. Marion Barber, a star running back in the late 1970s, and his three sons have all been standouts in their own ways at the U.
Tyler Duffey celebrated the final out of an inning last month against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Scoggins: Straight talk, data helps Duffey turn into red-hot reliever

Tyler Duffey's reclamation project is a testament to data-driven development under the Twins new front office and coaching staff led by pitching coach Wes Johnson.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano watched his first inning, three run homer sail to left field.

Scoggins: Bombas away! Sunday's game a glimpse at playoff strategy

The final regular-season game at Target Field served as a quintessential 2019 Twins game. Majestic home runs, lots of scoring and shaky starting pitching.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) was safe at home in the first inning after Kansas City Royals catcher Nick Dini (33) failed to make

Scoggins: Surprising Twins season got this fan to return to baseball

Work remains before the organization can spray beer as division champions, but this out-of-the-blue summer of bombas has served as a pivot point.
Receiver Tyler Johnson (6) and quarterback Tanner Morgan had that 3-0 look about them during the Gophers' victory over Georgia Southern.

Gophers are 3-0. But are they underrated or overrated?

The Gophers football team has a bye this weekend, giving us time to reflect on an interesting — to say the least — 3-0 start.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) fumbled the the ball in the second quarter.

Scoggins: Two games in, Cousins plays himself into a corner

In Green Bay, Kirk Cousins had a chance to alter the narrative attached to his Vikings tenure, that he wilts in big games. Instead, he reinforced that line of thinking.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers misread an official’s spot near the end of the first half, leading to a poor play call and a loss of possession. It wasn’

Scoggins: Rodgers overcomes error while Cousins makes inexcusable mistake

Aaron Rodgers' "what down is it?" blunder on Sunday was dumb. Kirk Cousins' "what was he thinking?" fourth-quarter throw was dumber.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan celebrated after his game-winning touchdown throw to Tyler Johnson

Scoggins: Gophers can't keep up their Houdini act

Should the Gophers apologize for winning or for being 3-0? No. But they should be concerned with how they got there.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrated a sack with Everson Griffen in the second quarter against the Falcons on Sunday.

Scoggins: 'Nightmares' could power a Vikings dream season

If the Vikings are able to climb back into the NFL's top tier, they'll do so on the shoulders of their terrific defensive line.
Michael Pineda

Scoggins: Pineda's maddening mistake leaves Twins scrambling to fill massive void

Michael Pineda's feel-good comeback story screeched to a halt with news that he tested positive for a banned substance and will miss the rest of the season, playoffs included.
U.S. women's soccer national team star Carli Lloyd nailed a 55-yard field goal in August during a joint NFL practice with the Ravens and Eagles, which

Scoggins: If Vikings boot another kicker, why not try Carli Lloyd?

Here's a suggestion the next time that Vikings coach Mike Zimmer decides to change kickers: She's playing soccer at Allianz Field tonight.
Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman caught the ball for a touchdown late in the second quarter with South Dakota State safety Joshua Manchigiah in pu

Scoggins: On night of few good impressions, Bateman stands out

One game into the Gophers football season we know this: Rashod Bateman is a special talent. And the rest of the offense has a lot of work to do.
Minnesota linebackers Carter Coughlin, right, and Thomas Barber brought down Purdue quarterback David Blough during the third quarter last November at

Scoggins: Time to see if U's stunning defensive turnaround was for real

The Gophers fielded one of the worst defenses in college football last season until a switch in defensive coordinators for the season's final four games.
When it all began, Sept. 12, 2009, against Air Force, Gophers fans packed TCF Bank Stadium and made it lively. That game stands out in what is now a 1

Scoggins: TCF Bank Stadium, at age 10, still comes to life too rarely

Ten seasons in the books, well past the fresh scent stage, so we wondered whether that new heart has fulfilled its promise? Short answer: Mostly but not entirely.
Rookie Luis Arraez has shown uncommon ability to crack line drives to all fields. He’s notoriously hard to whiff, too, possessing an MLB-low strikeo

Twins rookie Arraez embraces challenge of living up to baseball's greats

After giving the rookie an intentional walk when his team played the Twins, Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Luis Arraez: "looks like a guy who's going to hit .330. He stands up there like Rod Carew. A little bit of Tony Gwynn."
Brusdar Graterol

Scoggins: Graterol's arm too electric for Twins not to give him a shot

Brusdar Graterol turns 21 next Monday. The Twins should give him one heck of a birthday gift at some point soon — a promotion to the big leagues.
The next GM that Wild owner Craig Leipold hires will have to make tough but definitive calls regarding the team’s future.

Scoggins: Leipold can't roll the dice on new Wild general manager

The Wild has been steady since its inception. But the operation now seems in disarray. And it's hard to know or make sense of what their plan exactly is.
Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca ran players through drills during practice Friday. Ciarrocca is back for his third season after declining

Scoggins: It was a rare 2 a.m. phone call Fleck was thrilled to receive

Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca had called Gophers coach P.J. Fleck hours earlier and told him that he was pretty sure he was leaving for another job. What happened and why?
Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson walked a career-high six batters in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday.

Scoggins: Twins needed stud performance from Gibson and got a dud instead

Fans booed loudly after Kyle Gibson walked back-to-back hitters in the fifth inning before manager Rocco Baldelli removed him from the game.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton endangers his health by crashing into walls in pursuit of flyballs, but it's the only way he knows how to play defen

Scoggins: Despte injuries, don't expect Buxton to quit hitting walls

Byron Buxton is a marvelous outfielder who makes spectacular catches that often save runs … and endanger his health. His durability has become a problem without an obvious solution.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck

Scoggins: Forget progress; it's time for Gophers to contend

Factoring returning talent and schedule, anything less than eight wins for the Gophers will be disappointing.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook has shown flashes of his dynamic talent and the way he impacts a game as a runner or receiver out of the backfield.

Scoggins: Why Dalvin Cook is the second-most important player in Vikings huddle

The running back is a difference-maker with special skills — speed, instincts, vision — that make the offense significantly more difficult to defend.
Jeremiah Carter was a Gophers tackle from 1998-2002. He has been the athletic department's director of compliance since 2015, and part of his duties i

NCAA's database for prospective transfers topples barriers for athletes

The NCAA created the transfer portal to give athletes more control of their situations and make the process more convenient and transparent.
Max Kepler celebrated his fourth-inning home run off Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia, helping the Twins to stop New York 8-6 in what felt like the start o

Scoggins: Twins-Yankees feels like playoffs — and matches the hype

Big crowd, postcard weather, wacky plays and a home run derby between two of the best teams in baseball. It was meaningful baseball, and the Twins rose to the moment.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is undoubtedly happy with lower expectations for 2019. But this still is a pivotal season for the team and its strong core o

Scoggins: Forget the betting odds, 2019 season is still pivotal for Vikings

Signs say it's a season of urgency following the bust that was 2018.
Twins Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey.

Scoggins: As trade deadline approaches, Twins deserve bold move by front office

Twins fans have endured far too many summers of bad, boring baseball in order to finally experience what's happening right now. The team deserves a major move to ensure an even better chance of success.
Joan Gabel’s work at Power Five schools groomed her for the challenges at Minnesota.

Scoggins: U president Gabel knows big-picture importance of Gophers sports

As she takes over the top post at a Big Ten school, Joan Gabel knows that her legacy will be defined in some measure by what happens on the athletic side.
Karl-Anthony Towns has declared no intentions to leave Minnesota. Building a winner around him would help ensure that.

Scoggins: Wolves can't let Towns conclude he'd be better off elsewhere

As superstars shuffle from team to team, the Wolves can't risk Karl-Anthony Towns becoming dismayed or tired of missing the playoffs -- and ultimately decide he'd rather play somewhere else.
United States forward Megan Rapinoe attended a news conference on Saturday, the day before the Women's World Cup final against the Netherlands in Lyon

Scoggins: U.S. women's soccer team plays to win, conquer injustice

The United States women's soccer team, which will try to win another Women's World Cup on Sunday, remains in a legal dispute over equal pay.
Brooks Koepka hit off the seventh tee during the second round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities on Friday.

Scoggins: Late luck at 3M Open keeps Koepka, Day around

It took a fortuitous final triple bogey to keep some of the tournament's biggest names from missing the cut.
The new bosses of the Timberwolves and Wild -- Gersson Rosas, left, and Paul Fenton -- weren't able to make much of an impact in the opening days of N

Scoggins: New Wolves, Wild bosses miss out on free-agency prizes

Welcome to Minnesota, Gersson Rosas and Paul Fenton. The start of free agency for the NBA and NHL left fans of the two local teams feeling a mixture of disappointment and anger. Perhaps some resignation, too.
Jose Berrios is now one of the faces of the Twins. He was spotted by a young fan while walking out of Keys Cafe in Minneapolis earlier this month.

How Berrios – 'La Makina' – became one of baseball's best pitchers

In only his third full season in the starting rotation, Jose Berrios is everything the Twins hoped he would be. He could earn his second consecutive All-Star Game invitation Sunday.
Twins star Joe Mauer fought back tears as he spoke during the Twins' pregame ceremony to retire his No. 7 Saturday.

Scoggins: With number retired, Mauer is no match for this moment

The retired Twins star spoke from his heart as his No. 7 joined his childhood heroes.
Twins Joe Mauer took to the batting cage for swings during 2010 spring training in Fort Myers, Fla.

Scoggins: Mauer's flawless swing was masterful mechanics

Hitting mechanics involve a series of movements working in concert. Joe Mauer made the process look effortless.
The Twins' Byron Buxton (25) started off slow in the power department this year, but he hit his eighth home run Sunday.

Scoggins: A complete Buxton finally appears to have arrived for Twins

We're seeing the player we've all heard about hypothetically for years starting to develop into a complete package. Maybe the lesson to take from Byron Buxton's 2019 season is about patience.
Fans Calleigh Carlson and Sam Petschel grew up emulating homegrown stars Lindsay Whalen and Joe Mauer.

Scoggins: Who wouldn't want to be like Lindsay and Joe?

The Lynx will retire Lindsay Whalen's No. 13 on Saturday; the Twins are retiring Joe Mauer's No. 7 on June 15. Think about how many throughout Minnesota wore either No. 13 or No. 7 the past two decades.
Nothing should prevent the Twins from being aggressive buyers in the free agent market for pitchers Dallas Keuchel (top) and Craig Kimbrel.

Scoggins: As front-runners, Twins shouldn't fear making big move

The Twins' window of opportunity looks a lot different now than it did two months ago. If that window had a sign attached, it would read "Go For It."
Phil Esten, St. Thomas athletic director

Scoggins: St. Thomas AD Esten the right man to handle MIAC mess

Phil Esten knew that his alma mater was on shaky ground with the MIAC because that tension was part of the conversation when he sought the job.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli is not big on rules. He only asks that players compete hard, respect each other and be accountable.

Scoggins: Which came first for Twins, fun or winning? Does it matter?

Winning makes everyone happy and owning the best record in Major League Baseball creates a fun work environment. Behind the scenes, the Twins are a loose, confident group with a chemistry that reflects their on-field success.
Pitcher Amber Fiser got hugs from her coaches and teammates after throwing a three-hit shutout on Saturday against LSU. Fiser pitched every inning of

Scoggins: Don't tell this Gophers softball team it can't happen

The Gophers ousted two teams from the SEC, college softball's power conference , en route to the College World Series. And it's no fluke.
Lynx guard Odyssey Sims

Scoggins: Once a fierce rival, Sims has green light to shoot at will for Lynx

Odyssey Sims, traded to the Lynx from L.A., is ready for her fresh start with Minnesota. "I told Coach Reeve that I couldn't be in a better situation," she said.
Karl-Anthony Towns listened during Tuesday's press conference.

Scoggins: Hiring Saunders shows value (and power) of Karl-Anthony Towns

Superstars run the NBA. They force trades. They make pacts to form super teams. They wield considerable power and influence, on and off the court.
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – Minneapolis, MN – December 16, 2018, US Bank Stadium, NFL, Minnes

Scoggins: Keeping Rudolph is Vikings' best option

The team has every right to trade or cut Rudolph if he doesn't waiver in his position. But Rudolph also has every right to say no to a pay cut — if the Vikings ask. Compromise is needed to solve the stalemate, by Rudolph and the team.
Nelson Cruz, left, and Jonathan Schoop have been two big additions to the Twins lineup this season. But they're not the only newcomers making a differ

Most impactful new Twins player? You have a long list to choose from

An injection of talent and new ideas has fueled the Twins to a hot start and one of the best records in MLB. It might be hard to pick just one, but let's try: Which new addition to the Twins has made the biggest impact in 2019?
New Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson, left, has plenty of advanced theories on what makes a successful pitcher, and lefthanded starter Martin Perez, r

Scoggins: Not-so-weird science helping propel Twins pitchers

Biomechanics, spin rate and launch angle represent the new frontier in baseball, and Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson has found a willing pupil, among others, in rejuvenated starter Martin Perez.
Karen Hohertz-Jacobs, at home with son Ryan and daughter Kate, has run a marathon on all seven continents. She checked off Antarctica in March.

Scoggins: Nothing funny about running marathons on seven continents

Karen Hohertz-Jacobs was more bookworm than athlete growing up. Forty years later, she carries a different story after a monumental running feat.
Glenn Caruso’s St. Thomas football team entered the field before a game.

Augsburg leader sees consensus to boot St. Thomas from MIAC

In an email obtained by the Star Tribune, Augsburg's Paul Pribbenow wrote that the athletic conference of Minnesota colleges "would have imploded" if that consensus hadn't been reached by the presidents of the member schools.
Minnesota Timberwolves new President of basketball operations Gersson Rosas was greeted by some of the Timberwolves players after a press conference a

Scoggins: Rosas vows to get Wolves playing 'modern basketball'

Gersson Rosas likely experienced cultural shock when examining the way the Wolves play compared to the team he just left, the Houston Rockets.
St. Thomas' dominance on the football field has led to turbulence in the MIAC.

Scoggins: MIAC's mysterious push to oust St. Thomas baffling, high-handed

Since the Star Tribune reported last month that the MIAC is considering a bylaws change that would essentially push St. Thomas out, coaches and school officials have declined to discuss the matter publicly.
Righthander Ryan Pressly has yet to give up a run in 11 games this season for the Astros, and his ERA with Houston is 0.50 since being dealt from the

Scoggins: Pressly builds case to be among top relievers after Twins trade

Effective in the Twins bullpen, the righthander learned to rely on his curveball after last summer's trade.
Linebacker Cameron Smith finished his USC career with 354 tackles and was the first since the 1970s to lead the team in tackles for three straight sea

Scoggins: USC linebacker Smith molded for Minnesota

Fifth-rounder Cameron Smith is a versatile linebacker with grit to match state's environment
Upgrade on the line, please: Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was sacked for 6-yard loss by Chicago nose tackle Eddie Goldman last December.

Scoggins: O-line too big a draft need for Vikings to ignore any longer

The Vikings' plan for Thursday night's first-round pick should be as simple as this: Take the best offensive lineman available with the 18th pick.