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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.
Recent content from Chip Scoggins
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins completed this first-quarter pass -- to himself. The ball was batted down at the line of scrimmage, but he caught and

Scoggins: Cousins doesn't dance around tipped passes, another fumble

On the first offensive series, Kirk Cousins caught a pass from himself. That set the tone for a rather strange and eventful performance for the Vikings quarterback.
Andrew Wiggins' five-year, $148 million extension with the Wolves kicks in this season.

Will Wiggins ever become the player Wolves hoped he would be?

Andrew Wiggins has shown he can score but hasn't shown much else.
Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) runs back to the bench and head coach Tom Thibodeau during a game in December.

Scoggins: Thibodeau vs. Butler. It's time to move on

The star player demands a trade. The coach gets booed at home in a preseason game. The rest of the team looks distracted or uninspired. And the season starts next week.
Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim was stopped by the Iowa defense during the first quarter

Scoggins: Poor game management hurt Gophers vs. Iowa

There's a difference between being aggressive and reckless, and P.J. Fleck's decision to fake punt on Saturday fell on the wrong side on that one.
Minnesota quarterback Zack Annexstad and receiver Seth Green set up a wildcat play behind the offensive line at Maryland.

Scoggins: Gophers' youth means mismatches along offensive line

Minnesota's inexperience on the offensive line is a challenge that shouldn't be dismissed when explaining the difficulty of relying on so many young players in a power conference.
Twins manager Paul Molitor would be an easy scapegoat for a lost season, even if firing him and cleaning house might appease an angry mob of fans who

Scoggins: Molitor shouldn't lose job over bad decisions by bosses

Twins baseball executives Derek Falvey and Thad Levine should first look in the mirror when assessing how the season went haywire from the start.
The Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins, right, keeps the ball from Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson

Scoggins: Wolves want Wiggins' play on floor to make more noise

If Jimmy Butler isn't part of the Wolves' picture, the revised organizational blueprint has zero chance of succeeding if Andrew Wiggins doesn't blossom
Wolves basketball boss Tom Thibodeau paid a high premium for one season of All-Star guard Jimmy Butler. He bet on himself and his relationship with Bu

Scoggins: Thibodeau must repair damage from Butler's trade request

Tom Thibodeau took a risk and got burned. And now his future as Timberwolves coach and basketball czar appears very much uncertain.
Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs was disappointed after the game. So were his teammates after the Bills upset the Vikings, 27-6.

Scoggins: Vikings utterly unprepared for Bills team they claimed to respect

The Vikings on Sunday looked totally and utterly unprepared to play at a level that suggested they respected their opponent.
Sheldon Richardson (93) teamed up with Everson Griffen to sack 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 1.

Scoggins: Vikings' Richardson knows the path to disruption

Through two games, Sheldon Richardson has been one of the defense's most disruptive and productive players.
Daniel Carlson's Vikings kicking career lasted two games before the team decided it was time to move on.

Scoggins: Spielman had no choice but to move on from Carlson

It always seemed like a risk to go with a rookie kicker on a star-laden team, and Daniel Carlson ended up having no chance to survive his horrible Week 2.
Clay Matthews was called for a roughing the passer penalty during the second half against the Vikings on Sunday

Scoggins: Packers' frustrations begin with call on Matthews - justifiably

Green Bay's Clay Matthews was flagged late in the game for roughing Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins on what looked like a textbook hit. The call wiped out an interception that would have all but sealed the game.
Antoine Winfield Jr., in the habit of making the big plays, recovered a fumble in the first quarter Saturday vs. Miami (Ohio). Winfield is listed as a

Scoggins: Winfield and Johnson Give Gophers strong 1-2 punch

Antoine Winfield Jr. continues to produce game-changing plays for the Gophers so frequently that they have become routine. Tyler Johnson is giving him a run for his money.
Aaron Hicks smiled as he scored a run in the seventh inning Monday night for the Yankees vs. the Twins.

Scoggins: 'Failure' Aaron Hicks tells Twins to be patient with Buxton

After being dumped by the Twins, outfielder Aaron Hicks has found great success with the Yankees, and is yet another example of how baseball players develop at different paces.
Mike Hughes became the first rookie in Vikings history to return an interception for a touchdown in a season opener.

Scoggins: Hughes' pick-six makes nice welcome-to-the-NFL gift

Pressed into full-time duty because of injuries, first-round draft pick Mike Hughes had an eventful launch to his career Sunday, including a 28-yard interception return for a TD and a pass breakup in the end zone.
Minnesota freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad looked down field for a pass in the first quarter

Scoggins: Young Gophers overcome loss of senior RB Smith

With Rodney Smith limited to just three plays Saturday, the young Gophers rallied for the win thanks to a circus throw, a circus catch and a circus interception in the closing minutes.
Maybe the Twins front office is trying to send Byron Buxton a message by not calling him up for the final three weeks, as misguided as that would be.

Scoggins: Twins brass dropped the ball in handling of Buxton

Maybe the front office is trying to send Buxton a message, as misguided as that would be. There's no guarantee Buxton will respond favorably.
Pat Elflein had two surgeries in the off season and did not play in the preseason, forcing the Vikings to use their depth on the offensive line.

Scoggins: Depth, not stars, may tell Vikings season

Star power rules the NFL, but with injuries inevitable so often a season is defined by the strength of the full roster.
Minnesota's quarterback Zack Annexstad greeted New Mexico players after Minnesota defeated New Mexico State 48-10 at TCF Bank Stadium, Thursday, Augus

Scoggins: Annexstad's debut better than anyone could have expected

Freshman walk-on Zack Annexstad completed 10 of 16 passes for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as the Gophers sprinted away from the overmatched New Mexico State Aggies.
P. J. Fleck signed autographs before a practice at TCF Bank Stadium earlier this month. The Gophers still are trying to attract a major piece of the T

Scoggins: Save some Purple football curiosity for the Maroon and Gold

The Gophers football team trying to create deep emotional attachment in a crowded sports market that is coming down with Purple Fever. How do they get there?
Quarterbacks won’t enjoy facing Houston this season, with defensive tackle Ed Oliver looking to make a case for the Heisman Trophy.

College football preview: Year of the D-linemen

From the Big Ten to the Deep South, dominant players up front will punish offenses this fall.
Wisconsin has another Heisman Trophy-caliber running back: Jonathan Taylor will be looking to best the big numbers he put up as a freshman last fall.

Scoggins: College football can't start soon enough

Change hit college football hard this offseason, and we can't wait to see how it all plays out.
Quarterback Zack Annexstad, a walk-on and a true freshman, is four days away from making his Gophers debut. Annexstad beat out Tanner Morgan for the s

Scoggins: Annexstad enters the great unknown as Gophers starting QB

True freshmen don't typically win quarterback competitions. But get ready for Zack Annexstad to be under center when the Gophers open the season Thursday night.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer argued with an official after a penalty was not called in the first quarter against the Jaguars in a preseason game Saturday

Scoggins: NFL officials face no-win task enforcing new tackle rules

In order to make sense of the NFL's rulebook, former Vikings coach Brad Childress thought a test should be used on certain occasions. Ask 50 drunks in a bar their opinion.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer, left, is on administative leave with the Buckeyes’ opener on Sept. 1. Maryland coach DJ Durkin, also on administrative

Scoggins: Turmoil at three Big Ten schools lessens excitement for football season

Ohio State, Maryland and Michigan State are under heavy scrutiny before the games begin.
The WNBA will soon find out whether Maya Moore, Seimone Augustus, Sylvia Fowles and the rest of the Lynx have another title push in them.

Scoggins: Lynx have earned benefit of the doubt, despite uncharacteristic season

"Don't count us out," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Kyle Rudolph visited 5-year-old Anton Delgado in 2015 at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

Scoggins: Rudolph's bond with 5-year-old shows commitment to community

On their final visit, Anton Delgado was weak but managed to open his eyes and smile when he heard Kyle Rudolph's voice. He knew his best friend was at the hospital with him.
Dueling emotions greeted two significant developments within hours of each other Tuesday: the Vikings signing Stefon Diggs (right), the Twins trading

Scoggins: With Vikings and Twins, star treatment can work both ways

Dueling emotions greeted two significant developments within hours of each other Tuesday: the Vikings signing Stefon Diggs, the Twins trading Brian Dozier.
Second baseman Brian Dozier could be the next Twins veteran to be traded, as Twins bosses Derek Falvey and Thad Levine bring in prospects and hope for

Scoggins: Twins' sell-off has purpose, but it's still guesswork

Too many players — and not just the newcomers – have had unproductive seasons. So it's hard to blame the front office for losing faith in the Twins roster.
Admiration for Vikings offensive line coach Tony Sparano has been widespread and serves as a testament to his coaching style.

Scoggins: Vikings open training camp with emotions raw after Sparano's death

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will face the challenge of moving his team forward after the death of assistant Tony Sparano while also facing the Super Bowl-or-bust expectations of the 2018 season.
St. Thomas head coach Johnny Tauer, in 2016

Scoggins: Coaching AAU basketball a win-win for St. Thomas coach Tauer

Though it at times presents challenges, St. Thomas men's basketball coach Johnny Tauer is at peace teaching basketball and spending time with his son as an AAU coach.
Board of Regents Chairman David McMillan, left, stood with University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler on Friday, when Kaler said he would leave his

Scoggins: U can't ignore sports when looking for Kaler's replacement

How will the next president view athletics in relation to the overall mission of the university? That should be an important component of the vetting process.
Minnesota Twins players and coaches wore T-shirts supporting Eddie Rosario for the MLB All Star Game during batting practice. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cg

Scoggins: All-Star or not, Rosario rewards Twins' faith in him

The fact that he is in the All-Star discussion at all is a testament to Eddie Rosario's maturation, and also the team's accept­ance of his risk-reward exuberance as a player.
A bus carrying the Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant and Quinn Cook passed under a champions banner during the team's NBA basketball championship pa

Scoggins: Superteams stifle suspense but are good for basketball

NBA ratings continue to be robust, even as critics bash the league's lack of suspense, because stars are attractive and the game is being played at the highest level.
(Clockwise, starting top right) Former Twins broadcaster Herb Carneal, former Tennessee football broadcaster John Ward and former Dodgers broadcaster

Scoggins: Iconic radio voices are disappearing but not forgotten

Radio play-by-play announcers carried that status with fans of a certain age. Those men brought games to life through their words before the explosion of cable TV.
Miguel Sano, left, and Byron Buxton were the future of Twins baseball just a few seasons ago, but their ongoing struggles have the organization concer

Scoggins: Young Twins' struggles leave organization at a crossroads

Those who gazed into the Twins future and saw up-and-coming stars have received another blunt reminder that baseball development cannot be scripted or predicted with ironclad certainty.
College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school.

Scoggins: NCAA got it right when it relaxed rules on redshirts, transfers

These are significant changes that are long overdue and will provide more freedom and benefits to athletes.
Scoggins: That viral hug. 'The game isn't as important as our friendship'

Scoggins: That viral hug. 'The game isn't as important as our friendship'

Wins and losses matter, but true acts of sportsmanship define participants. A moment this genuine should be required viewing for all athletes.
Reporters, including many from Japan, surrounded Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Friday after Japanese rookie star Shohei Ohtani went on the disabled

Scoggins: Ohtani's DL trip a jarring blow to Japanese media

The regular Japanese contingent covering Shohei Ohtani is 50 to 60 working home games. About half that number travels to road games and was at Target Field for this week's injury news.
Minnesota Twins left fielder Eddie Rosario center celebrated Eduardo Escobar 3 run homer as pinch runner Gregorio Petit in the eight inning looked on

Scoggins: Two for the price of one is a doubleheader done right

The Twins and Chicago White Sox played a rare traditional doubleheader at Target Field. One ticket, two games, a 45-minute break in between.
Siebert Field isn't always ready when the Gophers baseball season arrives, as this shoveling crew in the spring of 2014 demonstrates. This year's Goph

Scoggins: Gophers meet every challenge in season marked by many

The Gophers haven't advanced this far in a baseball season in more than 40 years. They'll be underdogs this weekend at Oregon State, but they won't be intimidated.
The Twins' Ehire Adrianza beats the tag by Cleveland shortstop Francisco Lindor as he steals second base in the third inning Saturday

Scoggins: Offense can't go back to sleep for Twins to succeed

It's a small sample size, but a 7-1 win over Cleveland marked the fifth time in six games that the Twins have scored at least seven runs.
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold introduces Paul Fenton as the team's general manager and alternate governor on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Xcel En

Scoggins: In competitive market, Minnesota team owners willing to spend

At one time, sports owners in this market were regarded as cheapskates. But the present collection of owners aren't operating in the mold of tightwads. This is how it should be.
Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire at Target Field before Monday night’s game vs. the Minnesota Twins.

Scoggins: New team, new look, same old Gardy at Target Field

The former Twins manager returned for the first time as the leader of the rival Detroit Tigers.
Anthony Barr (left to right), Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs are all in line for new contracts, putting pressure on the VIkings' Rob Brzezinski.

Scoggins: Vikings turn to cap guru with 3 key players due for new deals

The team has handed out many big checks over the past two years in trying to keep intact its stars but still hopes to sign Anthony Barr, Danielle Hunter and Stefon Diggs to lucrative deals.
A man watched a baseball game in the sports book at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas. The Supreme Court on Monday gave its go-ahead for state

Scoggins: Bringing sports betting out of shadows is long overdue

An individual's freedom to make choices should not be restricted out of fear that a small percentage will not act responsibly.
From left, Gophers football head coach PJ Fleck, basketball head coach Richard Pitino and athletic director Mark Coyle watched Lindsay Whalen's introd

Scoggins: Coyle's overhaul at the U. 'We need to stop making excuses'

Friday marked the second anniversary of athletic director Mark Coyle's hiring. He has replaced six of the U's 21 head coaches, a turnover rate that he admits is "absolutely nuts."
John Anderson talked to players during a Gophers baseball practice in 2014.

Scoggins: Anderson's adjustments vital to success in 37th year at U

John Anderson's tenure remains a remarkable accomplishment in the history of Gophers athletics. He is a rock and trusted figure at a school known for leadership turnover in athletics.
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice speaks during a luncheon at an NCAA Convention in San Antonio.

Scoggins: College basketball needs deeper change than those recommended

An ongoing FBI investigation has exposed college basketball's underbelly, revealing a system spinning out of control. These aren't new problems, and they can't be solved solely on recommendations unveiled by the Commission on College Basketball
Fernando Romero(77) thanks the man upstairs for his solid outing.

Scoggins: Romero's fastballs just what ice-cold Twins needed

Fernando Romero's MLB debut showed why his stuff gives the Twins organization hope he can become a top-of-the-rotation flamethrower.
The Wolves pursued Tom Thibodeau two years ago largely because the Wolves were terrible defensively, and he had a reputation as one of the smartest de

Scoggins: Wolves need to build a more credible defensive presence

Six of the league's top nine teams in defensive rating are among the eight teams alive in the playoffs. So the blueprint for continued improvement isn't a mystery.
Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau

Scoggins: Fans' recent anger is telling about state of Twin Cities sports market

Fans are red-faced angry over the Wild, Wolves and Twins - and rightfully so. Maybe that collective anger is a good thing, though.
Commissioner Roger Goodell poses with a fan after the Vikings selected Central Florida's Mike Hughes during the first round

Scoggins: For Vikings, every dollar and every pick counts

Financial constraints set by high-dollar contracts for their established stars means Vikings GM Rick Spielman can't afford to swing-and-miss on too many of his draft picks.
Wild owner Craig Leipold made a big move with the announcement of Chuck Fletcher’s firing, but also told reporters he was resistant to any new GM ma

Scoggins: Leipold should let new GM make big changes as needed

The Wild isn't on the cusp of hoisting the Stanley Cup, so why prevent a general manager from making necessary changes, even if they are grand in scope?
Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold

Scoggins: Leipold must respond to Wild's latest early exit

Wild owner Craig Leipold has two choices: Stay the course and hope things will be different next season, or make major changes in management and/or roster construction.
Matt Cullen (7) and Tucker Poolman (3) fought for the puck in the first period.

Scoggins: Wild seethes as Game 4 turns series even nastier

The Wild was battered, bruised and bleeding in its 2-0 loss to Winnipeg at the X, which put Minnesota one game from summer vacation.
Winnipeg Jets' Ben Chiarot (7) and Minnesota Wild's Nick Seeler (36) mixed it up during the third period of Game 2.

Scoggins: 'Mean' Nick Seeler brings fight to Wild's defense

Devan Dubnyk described rookie defenseman Nick Seeler as "mean," praise that underscores the former Eden Prairie high school star's impact only 25 games into his NHL career.
Josh Morrissey (44) and Charlie Coyle (3) fought for the puck in the first period.

Scoggins: Wild comes out swinging, shows the right kind of fight

The Wild showed how to make a statement in Game 3 with pride, toughness and a willingness to not back down from Winnipeg's physical challenge.
Left: The Wild went down swinging Friday in its Game 2 beatdown in Winnipeg.

Scoggins: Wild needs to show some fight, but not the chippy kind

Punching an opponent in the head after being so thoroughly dominated such as the Wild in Game 2 doesn't send a message. That's called blowing off steam.
Signs in the Bierman Field Athletic Building welcomed Lindsay Whalen as the new coach of the Gophers women's basketball team.

Scoggins: Hiring of Whalen goes beyond public relations

The Gophers are getting plenty of substance with this PR splash: From high school to college to professional to Olympian, Lindsay Whalen is an all-time winner and competitor.
Coach Bruce Boudreau prepared his Wild team Tuesday for what will be its sixth consecutive postseason appearance.

Scoggins: Meter is running on Wild during these NHL playoffs

A successful regular season was always an assumption, fair or not, because the Wild is built to be a playoff force. Is the team ready for that challenge?
Minnesota Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, top, gets off a pass as Memphis Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks defends in the second half of an NBA basketball game Mo

Scoggins: Why can't it ever be easy with the Wolves?

It's somehow fitting that everyone will have to wait until the final day of the regular season before learning if the NBA's longest playoff drought will end.
Minnesota Duluth's Nick McCormack kisses the NCAA championship trophy Saturday night.

Scoggins: Second title puts UMD hockey 'on the map' like never before

The Gophers remain a blue-blood in terms of facilities, resources and visibility. But the UMD Bulldogs don't take a back seat to anyone in pursuing championships right now.
Caleb Truax

Scoggins: Truax out to show he can beat DeGale again

Osseo boxer Caleb Truax granted a rematch to former IBF supermiddleweight champion James DeGale in a title bout televised on Showtime in the fight capital of Las Vegas.
Minnesota Duluth goaltender Hunter Shepard eyed the puck as defenseman Nick Wolff and Ohio State defenseman Tommy Parran (6) battled in front of the n

Scoggins: UMD doesn't let youth get in way of hockey title pursuit

Minnesota Duluth's youth movement was supposed to be the team's undoing this season. Instead, the Bulldogs are right back where they finished last season, in the national championship game
Notre Dame's Dylan Malmquist (25) passed the puck behind his back to teammate Andrew Oglevie on Thursday. Malmquist, of Edina, is one of five Minnesot

Scoggins: Minnesotans have big role in Notre Dame's run to hockey final

Notre Dame, which advanced to Saturday's Frozen Four championship in St. Paul, has five Minnesotans on the roster.
Wild star Zach Parise celebrated his first of two goals against the Oilers on Monday night.

Scoggins: Wild, Wolves show far separate approaches in playoff pushes

Both teams are jockeying for playoff positioning in this critical week, but things have become a little harried for each one for different reasons.
Loyola guard Clayton Custer and teammates greeted fans as they welcomed the Ramblers back to campus on Sunday, after the team advanced to the Sweet 16

Scoggins: NCAA tournament seeds don't mean what they used to

At this point, nothing that happens with any of the remaining 16 teams should be shocking, regardless of what their seedings might suggest.
Jorge Polanco (11) was one of the Twins' best players during their late-season surge in 2017.

Scoggins: Adversity has arrived for Twins before the games do

News of Jorge Polanco's 80-game drug suspension as a result of a failed drug test serves as a reminder that best-laid plans can change in a blink of an eye.
Loons forward Christian Ramirez looked to settle an outside pass in the second half.

Scoggins: In every way, Loons are different for the better in Year 2

Everything felt so rushed in the organization's first season of MLS a year ago. Now? The Loons are moving in the right direction.
The Lynx's Cheryl Reeve is a four-time WNBA champion as a coach. Now she's added general manager to her title, and last week traded the team’s first

Scoggins: Local teams' aggressive moves good for fan bases

Few things deflate a fan base more than envy borne of sitting on the sideline while other franchises conduct business with clear championship aspirations.
Edina center Sammy Walker scored on a shorthanded goal against Lakeville North but also fed teammates for four assists.

Scoggins: Generosity, speed set apart Edina star Walker

Sammy Walker, who had a goal and four assists in Thursday's 2A quarterfinal victory over Lakeville North, is as good as advertised. So is his Edina Hornets hockey team.
Alpine skier and Minnesota native Lindsey Vonn was carried as Team USA entered Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium during the Closing Ceremony on Sunday.

Scoggins: Minnesota's Olympians steal show (when do we leave for Beijing?)

After three weeks in Korea, Chip Scoggins writes: "Mostly, I'll remember those four days when Minnesota athletes stole the show with one riveting performance after another."
John Shuster posed with the gold medal. USA beat Sweden 10-7 at Gangneung Curling Centre on Saturday to win the Gold medal.

Scoggins: With gold, John Shuster's curling redemption is complete

Nothing in sports tops unexpected success, and the U.S. men's curling team, led by Chisholm-born John Shuster, engineered one of the greatest surprise endings in Olympic history.
Team Canada leaves the ice after the semifinal round of the men's hockey game against Germany at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea

Scoggins: Absence of NHL players a noticeable downside at Pyeongchang Games

Every other Olympic sport offers a showcase of the world's premier talent. Not men's hockey this year.
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