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Chip Scoggins

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Scoggins: Just the fate of a franchise is in Taylor's hands

Scoggins: Just the fate of a franchise is in Taylor's hands

The attention paid to Sam Mitchell has deflected focus from an issue of equal importance, if not greater: What will owner Glen Taylor do with his top leadership position?
Scoggins: College football recruiting hysteria follows an absurd script

Scoggins: College football recruiting hysteria follows an absurd script

National signing day brings finality to months — or sometimes years — of coaches fawning over recruits.
Popularity of Chaska curling club has blown away expectations

Popularity of Chaska curling club has blown away expectations

What started as a controversial brainchild of a few city officials has turned into a $24 million gem that attracts a cross-section of people curious about the sport of curling.
Gary Trent Jr. mixes his skills, dad's drive

Gary Trent Jr. mixes his skills, dad's drive

Apple Valley is ranked in the top 10 nationally by USA Today in large part because of Gary Trent Jr.'s dominance as a shooting guard.
Scoggins: Status quo won't do for Vikings coach Zimmer

Scoggins: Status quo won't do for Vikings coach Zimmer

Maybe Pat Shurmur will be here only a short time before moving to a higher-profile job elsewhere. Or maybe Mike Zimmer views him as a coordinator-in-waiting if the offense continues to struggle.
Scoggins: Wild's caught in a holding pattern — stuck in the middle

Scoggins: Wild's caught in a holding pattern — stuck in the middle

Following the Wild is like watching the movie "Groundhog Day." That's the Wild's nightmare, too. Nothing ever changes.
Scoggins: Ex-hockey player Aaron learning to mix strength with skating artistry

Scoggins: Ex-hockey player Aaron learning to mix strength with skating artistry

Max Aaron took up figure skating as a second sport, but hockey was his true passion.
Scoggins: Nothing golden about status of U athletics

Scoggins: Nothing golden about status of U athletics

The whole "You can't win at Minnesota" excuse is a tiresome loser's lament. Unique challenges exist, but the Gophers athletic program also holds enough potential to not have to accept mediocrity, or worse.
Scoggins: Peterson needs to get a firm grip on fumbling issue

Scoggins: Peterson needs to get a firm grip on fumbling issue

Adrian Peterson has led all running backs in fumbles since entering the league in 2007. He is hurting the Vikings and staining his legacy.
Scoggins: Sure, Walsh failed, but he didn't deserve vile Twitter barbs

Scoggins: Sure, Walsh failed, but he didn't deserve vile Twitter barbs

Do those fans honestly believe an appropriate, sane response to a crushing defeat is to send despicable messages to a player who feels worse than anyone else right now?
Scoggins: Walsh says, 'I'm the only one who didn't do my job.'

Scoggins: Walsh says, 'I'm the only one who didn't do my job.'

Blair Walsh's kick never stood a chance once it left his foot. Then he stood in front of his locker and answered every question about what went wrong.
Scoggins: Bridgewater's success will likely determine Vikings' fate

Scoggins: Bridgewater's success will likely determine Vikings' fate

He needs to play well on a big stage for the Vikings to have a chance to win
Scoggins: Vikings belly up to the playoff bar and look like regulars

Scoggins: Vikings belly up to the playoff bar and look like regulars

The Vikings are positioning themselves to become a regular playoff team rather than one that merely pops up every so often.
Scoggins: Rodgers and Packers offense are reduced to pedestrian

Scoggins: Rodgers and Packers offense are reduced to pedestrian

The Packers are no longer king of the division. They can thank their offense for their undoing and ending their four-year run as champions.
Scoggins: Effort was there for Gophers, which counts as a step forward

Scoggins: Effort was there for Gophers, which counts as a step forward

Williams Arena was a fun place to be Saturday, and that's a start for a program that has become largely irrelevant in our collective thoughts.
Scoggins: Vikings should lose to dodge Seahawks? That's just silly

Scoggins: Vikings should lose to dodge Seahawks? That's just silly

The positives gained from being division champs in the NFL and thus a home playoff game trump any matchup scenario.
Scoggins: Healthy again, Vikings defense makes Zimmer proud

Scoggins: Healthy again, Vikings defense makes Zimmer proud

Eli Manning ran for his life most of the night and appeared claustrophobic against a Mike Zimmer defense that is healthy again and at full capacity.
Gophers' Mortell learns power of Christmas giving

Gophers' Mortell learns power of Christmas giving

The Gophers punter raised more than $25,000 to buy presents for teenage patients at the U.
Scoggins: Defensive line has Bears running for cover

Scoggins: Defensive line has Bears running for cover

Brian Robison's strip-sack was a key play in keeping the Vikings on track.
A.D. role, résumés evolving almost daily at major colleges

A.D. role, résumés evolving almost daily at major colleges

Daily demands of current-day athletic directors make it more of a "vocation than an occupation," most would agree.
Scoggins: Green's arrival at U brings promise, but no guarantees

Scoggins: Green's arrival at U brings promise, but no guarantees

Gophers fans once were giddy over MarQueis Gray and he ended his career as a wide receiver. Fans became giddy over Philip Nelson too, and that went south quickly.
Kaler likely won't use search firm to find new AD

Kaler likely won't use search firm to find new AD

U president wants a new athletic diretor by July 1.
Scoggins: U's Claeys has right to make big moves in small window

Scoggins: U's Claeys has right to make big moves in small window

Claeys deserves the freedom to make decisions that he feels will enable him to win in the short term to keep his job. Change can be both necessary and painful.
Scoggins: What rivalry? Badgers could have left Axe in Madison

Scoggins: What rivalry? Badgers could have left Axe in Madison

The best rivalries swing back-and-forth like tennis matches. Gophers-Badgers in football has become terribly one-sided.
Basketball met the circus during Musselman's years at the Barn (Dec. 22, 2014)

Basketball met the circus during Musselman's years at the Barn (Dec. 22, 2014)

Bill Musselman and his pregame warmup routine gave Williams Arena its soul and made Gophers basketball the hottest ticket in town in the early 1970s.

Scoggins: Winning the Axe would salvage something in Gophers' screwball season

The festive mood of the Gophers' season opener three months ago feels like three years ago after all the ups and downs. Win Saturday and a major disappointment is avoided.
Scoggins: Okafor wins showdown but Wolves chose right with Towns

Scoggins: Okafor wins showdown but Wolves chose right with Towns

If judged by a single-game knee-jerk snapshot Monday, the Wolves turned in the wrong name. If examined more reasonably through a longer lens, the Wolves got it right in selecting Towns.
Scoggins: Classic Aaron Rodgers moment leads to touchdown

Scoggins: Classic Aaron Rodgers moment leads to touchdown

The window was a foot wide. Maybe two. Hardly enough space to consider placing a football. Aaron Rodgers didn't flinch.
Scoggins: Gophers freshmen lend more than a hand in victory over Illinois

Scoggins: Gophers freshmen lend more than a hand in victory over Illinois

Four true freshmen saved the Gophers with critical contributions that turned a potentially disheartening loss into a 32-23 victory against Illinois at TCF Bank Stadium.
Scoggins: Packers-week dread dispersing because game feels like fair fight

Scoggins: Packers-week dread dispersing because game feels like fair fight

Packers Weeks of the recent past usually have featured the next round of Aaron Rodgers' passing clinics. Feels different this time, doesn't it?
Scoggins: A big-game feel, and the Hawkeyes prevailed

Scoggins: A big-game feel, and the Hawkeyes prevailed

The Gophers' season continued to sink Saturday with a fourth straight loss as Iowa soared to new heights at 10-0.
Scoggins: Pitino must earn fans' trust he is right coach for Gophers

Scoggins: Pitino must earn fans' trust he is right coach for Gophers

Respectable in Season 1, miserable in Season 2, and now comes a critical third season for Pitino in terms of establishing momentum and an identity as he puts his stamp on his program.
Scoggins: Joyner's version of hit on Bridgewater is laughable

Scoggins: Joyner's version of hit on Bridgewater is laughable

LaMarcus Joyner tried to spin his version of a hit that knocked Teddy Bridgewayer out of Sunday's game to make his actions look less egregious.
Scoggins: Gophers take Ohio State's best shot, go down fighting

Scoggins: Gophers take Ohio State's best shot, go down fighting

For most of the first half the Gophers' plan unfolded better than anyone could have imagined, until a bang-bang hit on Mitch Leidner brought their positive vibe to a halt.
Scoggins: Trial by fire for Towns, Wiggins is a necessity for Wolves

Scoggins: Trial by fire for Towns, Wiggins is a necessity for Wolves

The young Timberwolves will have many more nights like Monday. Count on it. Tough nights, hard nights, frustrating nights. But that's not a bad thing.
Scoggins: In annals of Gophers heartache, this may be achiest

Scoggins: In annals of Gophers heartache, this may be achiest

Gophers football has experienced some painful, mind-boggling, ridiculous losses in its history, but what took place Saturday night might top them all.
Amid tumult, scramble is on for new U athletics game plan

Amid tumult, scramble is on for new U athletics game plan

The renewed anticipation over a state-of-the-art home for Gophers athletics came just two days after football coach Jerry Kill left fans reeling with his resignation.
Scoggins: Jerry Kill gave everything he had to the Gophers

Scoggins: Jerry Kill gave everything he had to the Gophers

Jerry Kill always made time for others, now he needs it for himself.
Scoggins: Wolves leaders are dedicated to carrying out Flip's blueprint

Scoggins: Wolves leaders are dedicated to carrying out Flip's blueprint

Saunders poured so much of himself into his plan and believed in it so strongly that the Wolves owe it to him, to his legacy and to themselves to carry forward with his mission.
Scoggins: Flip appreciated basketball and took nothing about it for granted

Scoggins: Flip appreciated basketball and took nothing about it for granted

Flip Saunders had a million basketball stories, usually involving one of his million friends, former teammates or coaches.
Scoggins: Michigan punt gaffe stirs memories for ex-Gopher Kucek

Scoggins: Michigan punt gaffe stirs memories for ex-Gopher Kucek

Justin Kucek knows better than anyone the pain and probably shock that Michigan punter Blake O'Neill feels right now. He lived that same nightmare exactly 10 years and two days prior to O'Neill's gaffe.
Scoggins: Vikings offense does just enough to get by

Scoggins: Vikings offense does just enough to get by

The Vikings won but it wasn't an artistic masterpiece -- certainly not for the guys who carry 1 and 1A duties for the offense.
Scoggins: This time for Gophers, it's the defense's turn to falter

Scoggins: This time for Gophers, it's the defense's turn to falter

The Gophers gave up 464 yards and the most points in four years.
Scoggins: College football so wacky this fall, it's glorious

Scoggins: College football so wacky this fall, it's glorious

Order is out. Daffiness reigns in college football. Keep it up.
Why tonight's Lynx-Fever finals game will be a compelling one to watch

Why tonight's Lynx-Fever finals game will be a compelling one to watch

Fun, stressful and a half-dozen other emotions appropriately define an even matchup that has reached a decisive Game 5.
Scoggins: Frazzled Lynx failed on defense in loss

Scoggins: Frazzled Lynx failed on defense in loss

Put in simplest terms, the Indiana Fever played like the more desperate team, and now the WNBA Finals shifts to a winner-take-all Game 5 back at Target Center on Wednesday night.
Scoggins: Gophers got powerful result from Brooks with a simple plan

Scoggins: Gophers got powerful result from Brooks with a simple plan

Freshman running back pounds his way through Boilermakers D in big second half
Scoggins: This was one rough weekend for Minnesota teams

Scoggins: This was one rough weekend for Minnesota teams

The Twins, Gophers and Lynx flopped and the Vikings lost, but a few particular developments picked from the rubble deserve further examination.
Scoggins: Gophers' offense without punch is out of its league

Scoggins: Gophers' offense without punch is out of its league

Trust in QB Mitch Leidner appears misplaced on a Gophers' offensive unit that hasn't turned the corner in Jerry Kill's five seasons.
Scoggins: News of Rubio not being 100 percent sets ominous tone

Scoggins: News of Rubio not being 100 percent sets ominous tone

This is a critical season for Ricky Rubio. Injuries have limited him to 202 games in four seasons, including a career-low 22 last season because of a severe ankle injury.
Scoggins: Greenway gives grandfather lasting memory with touchdown

Scoggins: Greenway gives grandfather lasting memory with touchdown

Chad Greenway's grandfather had never watched him play in an NFL game in person before Sunday. He picked a great debut.
Scoggins: Leidner was good when it mattered

Scoggins: Leidner was good when it mattered

Mitch Leidner gives critics reason to back off with the timing of his success.
Scoggins: Expectations altering how Vikings, Gophers being viewed

Scoggins: Expectations altering how Vikings, Gophers being viewed

Zimmer's Vikings earned something Sunday that Kill's Gophers desperately need right now: a therapeutic victory.
Scoggins: Adrian Peterson is back in the fold, with fans and offense

Scoggins: Adrian Peterson is back in the fold, with fans and offense

Peterson's return to the Vikings has produced a string of benchmarks. First practice, first game, first carry. Sunday represented another one.
Scoggins: Gophers have few answers, and so does Coach Kill

Scoggins: Gophers have few answers, and so does Coach Kill

Never has a victory felt more like a loss than what the Gophers put on display in a 10-7 win against Kent State. Coach Jerry Kill didn't feel much like talking afterward.
Scoggins: Big series with Angels next as Twins revel in taste of 'Septober'

Scoggins: Big series with Angels next as Twins revel in taste of 'Septober'

The fictional month is outfielder Torii Hunter's homage to the critical period in every baseball season when games become extra important.
Scoggins: Vikings better hope putrid game was only one bad night

Scoggins: Vikings better hope putrid game was only one bad night

It's one thing to lose a first game on the road. But for the Vikings to soil themselves in that manner, on that stage, after having their egos stroked all preseason, good grief, their performance stunk to high heavens.
Scoggins: Vikings' defense has a chance to overshadow stars on offense

Scoggins: Vikings' defense has a chance to overshadow stars on offense

Bridgewater and AP rule the marquee, but a young unit that shined in Zimmer's first season could bring real star power.
Scoggins: Offensive line might block Vikings from success

Scoggins: Offensive line might block Vikings from success

Regardless of the public spin at Winter Park, center John Sullivan's prolonged absence represents another disconcerting development for a unit that has so much to prove this season.
Scoggins: Gophers have a quarterback quandary

Scoggins: Gophers have a quarterback quandary

Jerry Kill and his staff could face a difficult decision eventually. The offense - QB Mitch Leidner specifically - has to provide more than what it showed in a 23-17 loss to TCU.
Scoggins: Gophers defense can hang with the best, but offense needs work

Scoggins: Gophers defense can hang with the best, but offense needs work

The Gophers can take a lot of positives from their defensive performance against TCU. Namely, that contributions came from a lot of sources.
Scoggins: Gophers defense prepares for Heisman contender

Scoggins: Gophers defense prepares for Heisman contender

The Gophers' defense is well aware TCU's QB Boykin is a difference-maker
TCU earned respect; now it must keep it

TCU earned respect; now it must keep it

The way Gary Patterson sees things, his No. 2-rankedTCU football team remains in "prove-it" mode after getting a sniff of college football's inaugural playoff last season.
Scoggins: Thirteen thoughts on college football's national scene

Scoggins: Thirteen thoughts on college football's national scene

Chip Scoggins offers up his annual baker's dozen: 13 thoughts on the national scene. A 14th thought could have been: How can it get any better than last year's epic season?
Scoggins: Gophers, TCU prepare with intensity and intrigue as clock ticks down

Scoggins: Gophers, TCU prepare with intensity and intrigue as clock ticks down

U's Kill and Co. set sights on the biggest opener in decades.
Scoggins: Cris Carter, NFL dropped the ball with 'fall guy' comments

Scoggins: Cris Carter, NFL dropped the ball with 'fall guy' comments

The latest NFL controversy — a daily occurrence, it seems — comes courtesy of former Vikings star Cris Carter, who told a roomful of NFL rookies at a league-sanctioned symposium last year that they need a "fall guy" in their "crew" to take the collar should their behavior turn criminal.
Scoggins: An argument for the defense in college football

Scoggins: An argument for the defense in college football

Gophers' defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys is bucking the Xbox offense trend.
Scoggins: To take the next step, Vikings need to win close games

Scoggins: To take the next step, Vikings need to win close games

Win the winnable games is a bumper sticker slogan for the modern-day NFL. That's often what separates the good teams from the bad.
Scoggins: Bucs say Winston's talent is worth any baggage-related risk

Scoggins: Bucs say Winston's talent is worth any baggage-related risk

Critics assail flaws, but the Bucs are sold on the No. 1 overall draft pick.
Scoggins: U needs to bring Teague — and maybe others — to account

Scoggins: U needs to bring Teague — and maybe others — to account

The university must inspect closely and discipline harshly to demonstrate its commitment to doing what's right.
Scoggins: Teague scandal rocks Gophers athletics amid recent gains

Scoggins: Teague scandal rocks Gophers athletics amid recent gains

The accumulation of disappointment over the years — NCAA violations, misdeeds, awful hires, heartbreaking defeats — has created this perception that the U can't get out of its own way
Precision is hallmark for Vikings rookie receiver Diggs

Precision is hallmark for Vikings rookie receiver Diggs

Receiver Stefon Diggs works after practice to ensure he's learning as fast as possible.
Scoggins: Gophers football team enters a new world of credibility

Scoggins: Gophers football team enters a new world of credibility

Jerry Kill's program no longer should be treated as the Little Engine That Could. The Gophers have shed their "Kick Me" sign and deserve to be taken seriously.
Scoggins: Twins had a chance to go bold at the trade deadline, but didn't

Scoggins: Twins had a chance to go bold at the trade deadline, but didn't

While Kevin Jepsen is a nice addition, this roster still has many holes.
Scoggins: High tech hits the field at Vikings camp

Scoggins: High tech hits the field at Vikings camp

The technology makes traditional practice video that's shot from the sideline, end zone or from a mechanical lift high above the field look like a '56 Buick.
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