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Chip Scoggins

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Jimmy Butler: From small-town Texas to NBA stardom to Timberwolves

Jimmy Butler: From small-town Texas to NBA stardom to Timberwolves

The three-time All-Star is widely regarded as a top-15 player who excels as a two-way talent and is entering the prime of his career at age 27.
Scoggins: Adding Butler? Keeping Wiggins? This deal is a steal

Scoggins: Adding Butler? Keeping Wiggins? This deal is a steal

The Wolves were big winners Thursday night, and acquiring Jimmy Butler now raises the ante for Tom Thibodeau in Year 2.
Scoggins: Twins' Gimenez takes 'much-traveled' status in stride

Scoggins: Twins' Gimenez takes 'much-traveled' status in stride

He's been good enough to play for five organizations but expendable enough as a backup catcher to never feel completely settled.
Scoggins: Tennessee is hockey-mad for Predators (did I just say that?)

Scoggins: Tennessee is hockey-mad for Predators (did I just say that?)

As a kid raised in Tennessee, we observed two seasons: college football season and spring practice. Now Nashville is on fire with hockey mania.
Scoggins: For Fleck, technology is key to connecting with recruits

Scoggins: For Fleck, technology is key to connecting with recruits

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck treats recruiting like a favorite toy. He never ignores it, constantly searching for new ways to connect. This aggressive focus gives Fleck fuel to compete against programs of more prestige.
Scoggins: Spurning fresh arms leads to bullpen fiasco by Twins

Scoggins: Spurning fresh arms leads to bullpen fiasco by Twins

The Twins bullpen's stat line Monday looked like something out of youth in-house baseball: 14 runs, 13 hits, two home runs, three walks, a hit batter and a partridge in a pear tree.
Scoggins: Bridgewater video is subtle message of optimism

Scoggins: Bridgewater video is subtle message of optimism

The Vikings wouldn't have released that Teddy Bridgewater video if they didn't feel reasonably optimistic about his progress.
Scoggins: Equipment man 'Matty' ensured Gophers stayed stocked with laughs, essentials

Scoggins: Equipment man 'Matty' ensured Gophers stayed stocked with laughs, essentials

As Gophers equipment manager for nearly five decades, Dick Mattson became a beloved character who provided colleagues a vault of tales, some too colorful for print.
Minnesota is turning into a youth basketball hotbed

Minnesota is turning into a youth basketball hotbed

An explosion of year-round basketball for all ages has made Minnesota a prime source of top talent
Jim Petersen: From St. Louis Park to NBA, back when MSHSL banned summer AAU ball

Jim Petersen: From St. Louis Park to NBA, back when MSHSL banned summer AAU ball

That scenario wouldn't happen today, of course, because premier players attend national showcases all summer. Athletic secrets don't exist in the internet age.
One-on-one time often part of training for young basketball players

One-on-one time often part of training for young basketball players

More kids, even before high school, are seeking private instruction from former college and professional basketball players to improve their skills.
Scoggins: Gophers' chance on Allister as young softball coach pays off

Scoggins: Gophers' chance on Allister as young softball coach pays off

Jessica Allister proved that sometimes the fifth choice is the right choice, as evident by the transformation of Gophers softball under her leadership.
Scoggins: NCAA looks at Gophers' 54-3 softball record and just shrugs

Scoggins: NCAA looks at Gophers' 54-3 softball record and just shrugs

How did a committee of softball experts look at the Gophers' historic season and decide they don't deserve to host a regional as a top 16 seed? Did they forget a secret handshake or something?
Scoggins: Gophers AD Coyle earns high marks in first year full of turmoil

Scoggins: Gophers AD Coyle earns high marks in first year full of turmoil

Mark Coyle's first year in charge of Gophers athletics witnessed a staggering amount of crisis management, important decisions and change.
Scoggins: Former Gophers football star Barber getting degree at age 57

Scoggins: Former Gophers football star Barber getting degree at age 57

Marion Barber Jr. promised his mother as a teenager that he would graduate from the University of Minnesota. On Thursday, he will receive his diploma at age 57.
Scoggins: Sherels, Thielen offer Vikings tryout players some hope

Scoggins: Sherels, Thielen offer Vikings tryout players some hope

Marcus Sherels and Adam Thielen began their NFL careers with no guarantees and no money. So they're telling new undrafted free agents there's a chance.
Scoggins: Gophers working on winning back trust from fans

Scoggins: Gophers working on winning back trust from fans

Athletic director Mark Coyle has launched a series of initiatives designed to give Gophers fans more voice and better benefits. "It's not our fans' fault that they're not coming to games," he said.
'A lot of pacing.' Myrick's NFL draft wait lasted a little too long

'A lot of pacing.' Myrick's NFL draft wait lasted a little too long

Gophers cornerback Jalen Myrick is grateful for the chance after being drafted in the seventh round by Jacksonville but felt he would be earlier pick.
Scoggins: Top offensive draft picks should help Zimmer's defense

Scoggins: Top offensive draft picks should help Zimmer's defense

The Vikings were the worst rushing team in the NFL last season, and by fixing that with running back Dalvin Cook and lineman Pat Elflein the defense shouldn't be as taxed this season.
Scoggins: Lynx's competitive fire hasn't mellowed with age

Scoggins: Lynx's competitive fire hasn't mellowed with age

The Lynx don't understand the concept of mediocrity. Not this core group, winners of three WNBA championships and five trips to the Finals in six seasons.
Scoggins: Molitor endures a difficult day at the office

Scoggins: Molitor endures a difficult day at the office

Twins manager Paul Molitor made three intriguing moves before getting ejected from Thursday's game. Two worked out, one didn't.
Scoggins: Wild's cold scoring raises issues beyond the playoffs

Scoggins: Wild's cold scoring raises issues beyond the playoffs

This isn't a new problem, of course. It becomes a discussion topic every postseason. Hand-wringing over a lack of snipers and finishers and high-end scorers has become a default setting.
Scoggins: Coach Boudreau's got nothing on Chef Boudreau

Scoggins: Coach Boudreau's got nothing on Chef Boudreau

Chip Scoggins writes: 'The idea was to determine which feat was more impressive: Bruce Boudreau's impact on the Wild or Chef Crystal Boudreau's ability to prevent me from burning down the kitchen at her workplace."
Scoggins: For starters, Santana's competence a good place to start

Scoggins: For starters, Santana's competence a good place to start

Starter Ervin Santana on Monday allowed only two hits to become the first Twins pitcher to win on Opening Day since Livan Hernandez in 2008.
Scoggins: Women leading NBA teams is next logical step

Scoggins: Women leading NBA teams is next logical step

A female NBA coach is no longer alien talk. The only crazy idea would be for NBA teams to ignore qualified candidates just because of their chromosome structure.
Scoggins: 20 more years will not erase the stain that Clem Haskins oversaw

Scoggins: 20 more years will not erase the stain that Clem Haskins oversaw

The coach who bears ultimate responsibility for one of the most painful episodes in Gophers athletic history sounded tone-deaf in practically begging for red-carpet treatment.
Scoggins: Big brother's shadow keeps shrinking for Tre Jones

Scoggins: Big brother's shadow keeps shrinking for Tre Jones

Tre Jones continues to blaze his own path — a similar path of excellence — and managed to one-up his brother, Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones.
Scoggins: Promising season has turned into panic time for Wild

Scoggins: Promising season has turned into panic time for Wild

The Wild finally has settled into its comfort zone. Forget all that prosperity nonsense. Welcome back to Desperation Town.
Scoggins: Committee got Gophers, Middle Tennessee seeds backward

Scoggins: Committee got Gophers, Middle Tennessee seeds backward

Middle Tennessee, the 12 seed Thursday, looked like a veteran team on both ends of the floor. The fifth-seed Gophers looked like a young team that has zero depth and was hanging by a thread.
Scoggins: Roadmap to victory? Gophers must get locked in

Scoggins: Roadmap to victory? Gophers must get locked in

To avoid a one-and-done exit, the Gophers must follow a script that guided their historic turnaround. Here's a look at the blueprint.
Scoggins: Mason's education: how U point guard grew into bold leader

Scoggins: Mason's education: how U point guard grew into bold leader

Junior Nate Mason emerged as the catalyst behind a historic turnaround that propelled the Gophers back to the NCAA tournament. He leads the team in scoring and several other offensive categories while providing bulldog tenacity as captain.

Nate Mason leads way for Gophers: by the numbers

Junior All-Big Ten point guard Nate Mason leads the Gophers in several statistical categories:
Scoggins: Bad weather, worse soccer, but United fans still enjoyed the day

Scoggins: Bad weather, worse soccer, but United fans still enjoyed the day

United's defense has been abysmal, to put it kindly. The back line looked frozen stiff along with an announced crowd of 35,043, who braved the blowing snow.
Scoggins: If Mixon is available, Vikings should pass on running back

Scoggins: If Mixon is available, Vikings should pass on running back

Drafting star Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon would fly in the face of Zygi and Mark Wilf's declaration that player conduct is a top priority.
Scoggins: Lucia has retirement plan, but don't expect to see it in action yet

Scoggins: Lucia has retirement plan, but don't expect to see it in action yet

Gophers hockey coach Don Lucia has a successor in mind, a cabin picked out, plenty of memories — and the drive for at least two more years.
Scoggins: Even with postponement, Aussie gets taste of being Wolves fan

Scoggins: Even with postponement, Aussie gets taste of being Wolves fan

Monique Quinn came all the way from Australia to attend her first Timberwolves game Monday night. She wore a Karl-Anthony Towns jersey and tennis shoes with Ricky Rubio's name on them. Imagine her reaction when she heard the game against the Portland Trail Blazers was being postponed because of condensation on the court.
Scoggins: MLS opener shows United has lots of ground to make up

Scoggins: MLS opener shows United has lots of ground to make up

The Loons had some nice stretches in the second half but a late meltdown resulted in a flurry of goals for the host Timbers.
Scoggins: Welcome, Loons. Join the crowds

Scoggins: Welcome, Loons. Join the crowds

How does Minnesota United find its footing in a crowded sports market with five other existing pro franchises and a major Division I athletic program? The Loons start with strength in fan support.
Scoggins: Vikings need to move on; he's just not the AP of old

Scoggins: Vikings need to move on; he's just not the AP of old

Adrian Peterson's legacy as one of the Vikings' all-time greats is secure, but the fit no longer makes sense.
Scoggins: Lots of balance, lack of ego make Gophers a joy to watch

Scoggins: Lots of balance, lack of ego make Gophers a joy to watch

Many of the factors that have contributed to a 22-7 record will make Minnesota a tough match-up in the upcoming NCAA men's basketball tournament.
Scoggins: SMSU basketball coach finds strength from enduring 'tough times'

Scoggins: SMSU basketball coach finds strength from enduring 'tough times'

That Brad Bigler and his family can find comfort and happiness again after enduring unspeakable heartache makes this season extra inspiring.
Scoggins: As Pitino and Fletcher show, patience can be underrated

Scoggins: As Pitino and Fletcher show, patience can be underrated

This time a year ago, a healthy percentage of the Twin Cities sporting public rooted for two outcomes: Richard Pitino to be fired and Chuck Fletcher to overhaul the Wild roster.

Scoggins: Fleck, Gophers banking on Sapp to regain form after ACL surgeries

Benny Sapp III committed to P.J. Fleck as the first member of the Gophers' 2018 recruiting class even though Sapp has not played football for two seasons after tearing the ACL in his knee twice.
Scoggins: Gophers' winning play fitting for game and team

Scoggins: Gophers' winning play fitting for game and team

Good teams scratch and claw and survive in games like the one the Gophers had with Indiana on Wednesday night. Aesthetics don't matter at this juncture, only results.
Scoggins: Gophers must catch up to recruit nationally

Scoggins: Gophers must catch up to recruit nationally

The arrival of Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh and now James Franklin put Big Ten brethren on notice. To avoid falling miles behind, you must be able to swim with the sharks in recruiting.
Scoggins: Goals have come in bunches, and that's new for Wild

Scoggins: Goals have come in bunches, and that's new for Wild

With 160 goals exiting the All-Star break, the Wild leads the Western Conference in scoring and is on pace to obliterate the team's single-season record of 235 goals.
Scoggins: Trade Rubio only if Dunn takes over the starting job

Scoggins: Trade Rubio only if Dunn takes over the starting job

If the Wolves trade point guard Ricky Rubio, they should do so because they want to see how Kris Dunn develops as the starter.
Scoggins: The Barn gets its soul back despite overtime loss

Scoggins: The Barn gets its soul back despite overtime loss

The Gophers on Saturday dropped an important basketball game that was winnable. But the atmosphere at Williams Arena was refreshingly enjoyable.
Scoggins: Boudreau in tune with Wild players' highs, lows

Scoggins: Boudreau in tune with Wild players' highs, lows

Bruce Boudreau's deft touch with in-game adjustments and willingness to ride a hot hand demonstrate just how much coaching matters. On his list of attributes is that he doesn't play favorites.
Scoggins: Fleck's poaching of W. Michigan recruits part of the deal

Scoggins: Fleck's poaching of W. Michigan recruits part of the deal

Hours after stepping off a private plane for his first day on the job for the Gophers, Fleck began salvaging a recruiting class by poaching recruits that had verbally committed to his previous employer, Western Michigan.
Scoggins: If Sherels isn't on Gophers coaching staff, it's Fleck's mistake

Scoggins: If Sherels isn't on Gophers coaching staff, it's Fleck's mistake

Every new coach deserves to bring in his own staff. They shouldn't feel obligated to keep anyone. But P.J. Fleck's decision to not retain linebackers coach Mike Sherels is a mistake
Scoggins: Philosophical shift is evident all over with Gophers

Scoggins: Philosophical shift is evident all over with Gophers

Big-ticket decisions by the University of Minnesota demonstrate an understanding that college sports have become cutthroat, competitive and expensive, and that failure to jump in will only widen the gap.
Scoggins: Gophers basketball turnaround began off the court

Scoggins: Gophers basketball turnaround began off the court

The Gophers men's basketball program suddenly appears on solid footing under Richard Pitino after a transformational offseason.
Scoggins: There's substance to go along with Fleck's shtick

Scoggins: There's substance to go along with Fleck's shtick

P.J. Fleck undoubtedly will use quirky ploys to motivate his players, but here's a key point to remember: His résumé includes running a successful Division I program.
Scoggins: In firing Claeys, Coyle makes his landmark statement

Scoggins: In firing Claeys, Coyle makes his landmark statement

We'll learn more about Coyle's leadership and ability to attract coaches with this critical hire. This coaching change will be both expensive and a big part of Coyle's legacy at Minnesota.
Scoggins: Keeping Claeys is reasonable option in Gophers' messy situation

Scoggins: Keeping Claeys is reasonable option in Gophers' messy situation

As a decision nears, here's my vote: Retain Claeys and add one season to his contract with the same buyout provision ($250,000 per season), giving him three seasons remaining. I see enough positives in Claeys and his staff to maintain continuity.
Scoggins: Take the Bradford status questions off the table

Scoggins: Take the Bradford status questions off the table

There should be no suspense over looming Vikings organizational decisions on QB Sam Bradford.
Scoggins: After losing key defenders, Sawvel's adjusted game plan was master stroke for U

Scoggins: After losing key defenders, Sawvel's adjusted game plan was master stroke for U

The suspensions from the sexual assault investigation left Sawvel without two defensive starters and four of his top six defensive backs — a tall order against any opponent. And Washington State's offense isn't just any offense.
Scoggins: Gophers' Claeys, bosses at a critical juncture

Scoggins: Gophers' Claeys, bosses at a critical juncture

Playing a game will help provide some sense of normalcy and briefly take the focus off fallout from the university's sexual assault investigation. But it's not being melodramatic to suggest Gophers football has reached a critical crossroads that will shape its future.
Scoggins: Rodgers carves up the Vikings in vintage fashion

Scoggins: Rodgers carves up the Vikings in vintage fashion

Remember all the talk back in October about Rodgers being on the decline and no longer a pinpoint passer? Seems a little silly now, doesn't it?
Coming soon: The season's 12 best bowl games starts with Gophers

Coming soon: The season's 12 best bowl games starts with Gophers

Here's a dozen post-Christmas bowl games to savor.
Scoggins: After events of past week, it's tough to see how Gophers keep Claeys

Scoggins: After events of past week, it's tough to see how Gophers keep Claeys

College administrators often talk about their "brand" in schmoozing donors and corporate sponsors. The image of Gophers football is not appealing right now. The stain from this painful episode will be permanent.
Scoggins: Gophers football mess keeps getting worse

Scoggins: Gophers football mess keeps getting worse

Battle lines are being drawn and the University of Minnesota football program basically has been shut down.
Scoggins: Gophers' volleyball coach McCutcheon 'on a different level'

Scoggins: Gophers' volleyball coach McCutcheon 'on a different level'

The Gophers' volleyball leader is driven to succeed, but with a willingness to shift gears. Athletic director Mark Coyle said, 'I always feel like he's a step ahead.'
Scoggins: Wild's Dubnyk brushes worry aside

Scoggins: Wild's Dubnyk brushes worry aside

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk leads the NHL in goals-against average (1.66), save percentage (.946) and shutouts (four). And unlike a year ago, he's not letting in the fluky goals.
Scoggins: Minnesota ticket-buyers sick of hope, hype — and losses

Scoggins: Minnesota ticket-buyers sick of hope, hype — and losses

Sharply declining figures should alarm local teams. They also send a message: Fans are withholding financial support until they see their home teams start winning.
Fired by Badgers, Mike Eaves starts new hockey chapter at St. Olaf

Fired by Badgers, Mike Eaves starts new hockey chapter at St. Olaf

What is Mike Eaves doing at age 60, coaching at Division III St. Olaf, the private liberal arts college in Northfield known more for its choir than its hockey team?
Defense should give Badgers the edge over Nittany Lions

Defense should give Badgers the edge over Nittany Lions

Chip Scoggins looks at Saturday night's Big Ten championship game between Wisconsin and Penn State in Indianapolis.
Scoggins: Zimmer needs to see big picture, let eye heal before return

Scoggins: Zimmer needs to see big picture, let eye heal before return

Missing a few games this season, even as his team fights to make the playoffs, shouldn't override Mike Zimmer's health and doing what's best for him.
Scoggins: Extending Claeys' contract was Coyle's only real choice

Scoggins: Extending Claeys' contract was Coyle's only real choice

Mark Coyle found himself in a no-win situation with whatever decision he made on his football coach. There would be angry fans no matter what he decided.
Scoggins: 'Good Mitch, Bad Mitch.' Badgers loss defines Leidner's career

Scoggins: 'Good Mitch, Bad Mitch.' Badgers loss defines Leidner's career

Saturday's performance: In the second half, Mitch Leidner completed only two passes -- and threw four interceptions -- after a strong start to his final regular-season game.
Scoggins: Gophers can't rely on status quo vs. Badgers

Scoggins: Gophers can't rely on status quo vs. Badgers

The Badgers defense is too suffocating to play it safe and conventional. This situation calls for creativity and willingness to try things that otherwise might be kept tucked away in the playbook.
Scoggins: Buried on bench to hero, senior leads St. Thomas toward national title

Scoggins: Buried on bench to hero, senior leads St. Thomas toward national title

Tony Kuplic played in only eight games for the St. Thomas soccer team and didn't even take a shot. That he's scored five goals in four postseason games has stunned everyone, including Kuplic.
Scoggins: Rhodes simply breathtaking vs. Cardinals on Sunday

Scoggins: Rhodes simply breathtaking vs. Cardinals on Sunday

Xavier Rhodes' pick six gave the Vikings a 10-point lead. His second interception — a swan-dive pick on a deep pass down the middle of the field — preserved their 10-point lead in the third quarter.

Scoggins: Richardson's grudge good starting point for Gophers defense

Gophers defensive tackle Steven Richardson carries a large chip on his shoulder from being told he's too short to play college football.
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