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Chip Scoggins

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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.
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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 • – 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.
Scott Studwell announced Tuesday during an emotional news conference in Eagan that he was retiring after 42-year playing and scouting career with the

Scoggins: Retiring Studwell gave it all on field, as scout for Vikings

Scott Studwell, a football lifer, said goodbye Tuesday by announcing his retirement from the Vikings organization after 42 years as player and scout.
Gophers AD Mark Coyle

Scoggins: Ticket price cuts a start for Coyle. Are more alcohol sales next?

U athletic director Mark Coyle acknowledged that he's had discussions with school leaders about expanding alcohol sales in Williams Arena and 3M Arena at Mariucci beyond suites and club rooms.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins

Should the Vikings consider drafting a QB with one of their top picks?

The Vikings have chosen only two quarterbacks in the past 10 drafts, a low number compared with most NFL teams. Even with Kirk Cousins, should they?
Harrison Smith's eyes became glossy as he spoke about the importance of Anthony Barr's return to the team during access Tuesday at team headquarters i

Scoggins: Vikings defense shows emotion about sticking together

Normally stoic Harrison Smith choked back tears and Everson Griffen talked about talked about being blessed. "I feel like we just love playing with each other," Eric Kendricks said.
There was always something to holler about in the Wonderwall crowd. Game officials caught some of the criticism during the second half.

Scoggins: 'Wonderwall' is support you can stand for

Loons supporters are passionate about their team. And Saturday's celebration at the brand new Allianz Field was a moment many years in the making.
Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter drove past Texas Tech’s Matt Mooney (13), Jarrett Culver (23) and Tariq Owens. Hunter finished with a game-high 27 po

Scoggins: Hunter picks up a title, and improves NBA draft stock

De'Andre Hunter was the best player on the floor — for either team — in helping the Cavaliers complete their redemption tour
Virginia guard Kyle Guy made the final of three free throws to win Saturday's semifinal over Auburn.

Scoggins: Virginia had the right Guy for the job at the end

Kyle Guy was Virginia's hero in every sense of the word Saturday night. His moment came a year after the opposite end of the emotion spectrum.
Virginia guard Ty Jerome, a junior, has played in 103 games for the Cavaliers over three seasons. He is averaging 13.3 points and 4.0 assists per game

Scoggins: Experienced players trumped one-and-doners — this time

The one-and-done era has turned college hoops into a rest stop for a small percentage of players, but being older isn't taboo. It's actually kind of nice.
Auburn guard J’Von McCormick joked with teammates Malik Dunbar and Austin Wiley during media availability in the team locker room on Thursday

Scoggins: Football steps aside for Auburn hoops

The football school has lost its mind of over basketball with the Tigers' unexpected romp to the first Final Four appearance in program history.
De’Andre Hunter

Why Virginia can win the national championship

The Virginia Cavaliers are the only No. 1 seed in the Final Four and perhaps the most well-rounded team left. The Cavs can win low-scoring…
Virginia head coach Tony Bennett celebrates after defeating Purdue 80-75 in overtime

Scoggins: 'Unbelievable' South Region final sends Virginia to Final Four

No. 1-seed Virginia used a buzzer-beater to keep their season alive into the final weekend, a heart-pounding 80-75 overtime victory over 3-seed Purdue
Virginia-Purdue South Region final recap

Virginia-Purdue South Region final recap

A look back at Saturday night's game.
Tony Bennett and Matt Painter

Scoggins: Purdue, Virginia coaches have accomplished résumés, lack a Final Four

Tony Bennett and Matt Painter are two of the most respected coaches in college basketball because they have built model programs that develop players and win consistently.
Purdue guard Ryan Cline celebrated in overtime. Cline fouled out in OT, but the Boilermakers did enough to hang on against Tennessee.

Scoggins: Cline's sparkling second half helps Purdue advance in OT

Ryan Cline's childhood dreams of being a hero became the Boilermakers' reality against Tennessee.
Virginia's Kyle Guy celebrated following Thursday's bruising victory over Oregon in the Sweet 16, a game that ended after midnight in Louisville, Ky.

Virginia scrounges up a victory over Oregon, aims to wipe out memories

A year after a memorable first-round exit, the Cavaliers are a victory away from the Final Four.
Purdue's Ryan Cline (14) and Carsen Edwards celebrated after defeating Tennessee 99-94 in overtime.

Three-ball prevails in Purdue's overtime victory over Tennessee

The Boilermakers made 15 three-pointers to advance to their first Elite Eight since 2000.
Tennessee ‘s Grant Williams admits he’s a nerd: “I embrace it.” He also is the two-time SEC Player of the Year.

Scoggins: Tennessee star admits he's a nerd, but he sure can play, too

Basketball represents only a sliver of Grant Williams' interests. His life has many interesting layers beyond his burning desire to lead the Vols to the Final Four in Minneapolis.
More than one shining moment: How March got its Madness

More than one shining moment: How March got its Madness

The NCAA basketball tournament has a history full of games with heart-stopping, buzzer-beating endings. Here's a look back at six of the most memorable ones:
Jordan Burns showed up on time and in top form Friday for Colgate, scoring 32 points with eight three-pointers and nearly engineering a Raiders NCAA u

Scoggins: Colgate guard Burns goes on a (real) wild ride vs. Tennessee

Jordan Burns, subject of an online hoax earlier this week, scored 32 points and made eight of 13 three-pointers as Colgate put a major scare into Tennessee before falling short 77-70 in the first round.
Scoggins: From tiny Minnesota town to NCAA, Utah St. coach takes a long road

Scoggins: From tiny Minnesota town to NCAA, Utah St. coach takes a long road

Craig Smith grew up in Stephen, Minn., and has gone from a class of 18 students to the 2018-19 NCAAs. His coaching journey began while he was still in high school.

Connor McCaffery, son of coach Fran McCaffery, is two-sport phenomenon

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Connor McCaffery could possibly play a basketball-baseball doubleheader this weekend. Perhaps even on the same day. He hopes he doesn’t get…
North Dakota State's Tyson Ward drives against North Carolina Central's Zacarry Douglas during the second half Wednesday.

Scoggins: NDSU earns first-class ticket to take on Zion and Duke

The 16-seed Bison held off fellow 16-seed North Carolina Central 78-74 in the NCAA tournament First Four match-up. That puts NDSU into Friday's first round against No. 1-overall seed Duke.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski talked to the Blue Devils during a game against Maryland in the 2001 Final Four. Krzyzewski’s third NCAA title came in th

Duke's Minneapolis connection: 'We love it there,' Krzyzewski says

Duke has five NCAA titles and there are many ties to Minneapolis. "Obviously we have won twice there, but it's how the city kind of opened its arms to the game of basketball while we were celebrating college basketball at its highest level," coach Mike Krzyzewski said.
The Road to Minneapolis did in fact start here Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio, as it has for every NCAA tournament since 2001.

Scoggins: Dayton home to annual smaller opening to the Big Dance

Technically, they already are in the tournament, but eight teams begin with an annual quirky soft launch before the grand party really commences.
Gophers junior Amir Coffey’s ability to take over a game gives them a different dimension, but he's often forced to play out of position because the

Scoggins: 'Weird' Gophers must be at their best to advance in NCAA

They have been a tough team to figure out because of those dips and rises. At times you think they are capable of more; other times, you wonder how they won 21 games.
Duke's Zion Williamson (1) goes up to dunk against Florida State during the first half of the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference

Scoggins: Did Michigan State get burned with Zion in its path?

Michigan State won the Big Ten regular-season title and conference tournament, only to be placed in a region with top overall seed Duke and superstar freshman Zion Williamson. That's not right.

St. Thomas men's basketball still standing after slaying No. 1 Nebraska Wesleyan

Sweet 16 berth is reward for beating nation's No. 1 team on its home floor.
Rochester John Marshall basketball star Matthew Hurt is a top national recruit. Yet he’s never played in the state tournament and rarely gets exposu

Prime basketball recruit Matthew Hurt seeks one final prize in Rochester

Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Kentucky. It's common to see a coach from one of those elite basketball schools watching Hurt, who has averaged almost 37 points per game for John Marshall High School.
Brennen James led North Branch onto the ice before the Vikings played St. Cloud Cathedral on Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center in a Class 1A hockey stat

Scoggins: No rink, no problem for North Branch's early-rising hockey team

With no home rink in North Branch, high school players meet at 4:20 a.m. for bus rides to practice.
Duke forward Zion Williamson holds his knee after injuring himself and damaging his shoe during the opening moments of the game in the first half on W

Scoggins: U of M regent Hsu takes the NCAA to task

Michael Hsu sees everybody getting rich in the college sports arms race, except athletes. "Amateurism is an invention by the NCAA in the 1950s so they didn't have to pay workers' comp and didn't have to pay for the labor," he said.
Fans can debate whether Wild General Manager Paul Fenton got fleeced on different deals, but roster churn was the only way forward for a team that is

Scoggins: Fenton's bold moves were long overdue

GM Paul Fenton hasn't initiated a complete teardown — yet — but his moves before and at Monday's trade deadline left no ambiguity about his feelings on the roster he inherited
Minnesotans left a lasting imprint on the 2018 Winter Olympics: gold in women’s cross-country skiing, bronze in the women’s downhill, gold in wome

Scoggins: You can still hear the roars of Minnesota's Olympic domination

The final few days in Pyeongchang last February for the Winter Olympics were a double shot of exhilarating. Especially from a Minnesota perspective.
The Vikings' new assistant head coach/offensive advisor Gary Kubiak spent the last two seasons as a senior personnel advisor for the Denver Broncos.

Scoggins: Stefanski, Kubiak talk 'marriage.' Will it be a happy one?

The Vikings introduced their new offensive coaching staff Thursday and the only thing missing was a group hug. Now it's time to see how things work out.
Jordan Murphy drives against Indiana's Juwan Morgan during the first half

Scoggins: Murphy belongs with Gophers basketball greats

Saturday afternoon was a vintage Jordan Murphy performance. He was fearless in taking on taller Indiana defenders and crafty with his post moves. Gophers fans should take time to savor Murphy's career.
Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Scoggins: Boudreau shouldn't take the fall for lethargic Wild players

However this season ends up, new Wild General Manager Paul Fenton shouldn't make coach Bruce Boudreau the scapegoat for a lineup that plays hockey as if it's a chore.
Jake Sullivan, Grace Church's director of student and family ministries, sang and raised his hands in praise during an event in Eden Prairie. Sullivan

Once a basketball legend, Sullivan is finding his range

Legendary Minnesota high school scorer Jake Sullivan tamed a mess in his mind and found a mission, to share what he once lacked. Here's what you didn't know about Sullivan when he was leading his school to a state basketball championship.
Former Tartan basketball star Jake Sullivan, once gripped by obsessive-compulsive disorder but buoyed by family and faith, left Grace Church with his

How Jake Sullivan's story came together, and how you reacted

Many people remember Sullivan's record-­setting basketball career at Tartan High but were stunned to learn how much he suffered during high school and college.
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold introduced Paul Fenton as the team's General Manager and Alternate Governor in May.

Scoggins: NHL trade deadline likely to be a no-win situation for Wild

The Wild is good enough to be a playoff team but not good enough to win the Stanley Cup. It's also difficult to envision the Wild being bad enough to land a top-five draft pick, barring an all-time tank job.
Amir Coffey missed seven of his 10 shots and scored only eight points Wednesday.

Scoggins: Poor shooting by U turns The Barn into a house of bricks

Missing 12 of 13 three-pointers doomed any chance at a comeback, leaving another smudge mark on the Gophers' tournament résumé.
Dick Ames, right, met with then-congressmen Paul Ryan and Jason Lewis last July at Ames Construction in Burnsville.

Scoggins: Ames always a friend whenever U athletics was in need

Longtime university booster and construction magnate Dick Ames, who died Wednesday, was always willing to donate his time and money to the program.
Gophers guard Isaiah Washington shows flashes of great play but is not reliable enough to be Minnesota’s primary point guard. “He’s got to be ab

Scoggins: Point-guard puzzle stymies Gophers basketball

Relying on a piecemeal point guard approach is not what Richard Pitino had in mind but, "that's all right. Just find a way to win."
Gary Kubiak’s NFL coaching record shows his offenses are run-friendly.

What does Kubiak's hiring give Zimmer? More options and a run-loving ally on staff

Michael Rand and Chip Scoggins weigh in on the Vikings offseason.
Gophers head coach Lindsay Whalen

Scoggins: After playing career as a winner, losing takes toll on coach Whalen

Lindsay Whalen didn't lose much as a player at any level. Now as Gophers head coach, this is a learning year for Whalen in immeasurable ways as she starts Act II of her adult life.
(Clockwise) Chet Holmgren of Minnehaha Academy is a 7-footer with three-point range. Prior Lake's 6-10 Dawson Garcia considers himself "positionless."

Scoggins: State's prep stars showcase the new age of 'big man' in basketball

Traditional roles no longer apply to basketball. Centers are guards, guards post up, and everyone shoots three-pointers.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson announced this week he will return for his senior season, and finish his degree in the process.

Scoggins: Beyond football, Johnson's return to U sends message

Tyler Johnson can cement his legacy as one of the most productive receivers in Gophers history. But by earning his degree, he wants to set an example for others in north Minneapolis.
Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders gestured during the first half of Friday's game at Target Center.

Scoggins: Saunders' first victory gives way to reality in home loss

The euphoria from Wednesday's Oklahoma City debut is short-lived for the Wolves interim coach.
Tom Thibodeau’s ouster as Wolves coach was inevitable after his bungled handling of the Jimmy Butler fiasco.

Scoggins: Sudden firing of Thibodeau was actually overdue

Wolves executives knew they had a "Thibs problem" going back to last season when the team finally ended a lengthy playoff drought and yet everyone seemed miserable.
Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer.

Scoggins: Zimmer needs to handle pressures of his job better

Too often this season the Vikings looked emotionally tight and not ready for the moment. That reflects poorly on coach Mike Zimmer's leadership.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was pressured late in the fourth quarter by Chicago Bears linebacker Isaiah Irving.

Scoggins: Blame for Vikings missing playoffs can start with Cousins

He wasn't alone but Kirk Cousins, the $84 million quarterback, flopped at the worst possible time for the Vikings.
Jalen Suggs’ father, Larry, said a number of schools have offered to let his son play both sports. It’s one of the first questions recruiters ask

Scoggins: Suggs can pick his college and one of two sports — or both

Minnehaha Academy's Jalen Suggs says he's seriously considering college basketball and football, knowing that kind of a double-double is rare at the highest collegiate level.
The Gophers had one of the worst offenses in college football a year ago, but offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca sees vast improvement leading up to

Scoggins: Gophers offense made huge strides from awful 2017 season

The Gophers averaged a touchdown more per game despite playing almost the entire season without two of their best players — running backs Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks — and a two-deep filled with freshman.
Blake Cashman chose not to play in the Quick Lane Bowl and instead will turn his focus to a potential pro football career.

Scoggins: Don't fault players like U's Cashman for skipping bowl games

Ten years ago, a player voluntarily skipping a bowl game would have sparked outrage. Now, the reaction is more meh.
Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen sacked Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill late in the fourth quarter, a common theme in Sunday's game.

Scoggins: Turned-up pressure solves Vikings big defensive lapse

After scoring a 75-yard touchdown on the first play of the third quarter, the Dolphins spent the rest of the game shuffling backward against the Vikings defense.
Kyle Rudolph couldn't come down with this would-be TD pass late in the fourth quarter. It fell short, leaving the Vikings scoreless.

Scoggins: Vikings flunk yet another test against a quality opponent

The offense was so poor that a three-point deficit felt insurmountable. Kirk Cousins looked skittish. John DeFilippo's play-calling was weird. The entire offense is a mess.
At its best, the Vikings front four can be a disruptive bunch, as Lions running back Kerryon Johnson found out last month when he was tackled for no g

Scoggins: Front four must lead Vikings charge tonight in Seattle

The Vikings need their best position group — the heralded and highly compensated defensive line — to be their best players in a game that could determine their playoff fate.
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