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Chip Scoggins

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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.
Scoggins: Win-or-bust weekend coming up for Vikings, Gophers

Scoggins: Win-or-bust weekend coming up for Vikings, Gophers

The Gophers and Vikings don't face must-wins by strict definition, but they need victories in the worst possible way.
Scoggins: First place was just an illusion for Gophers football

Scoggins: First place was just an illusion for Gophers football

With the game and chance at staying in the Big Ten West race up for grabs, one team played like a contender, one team didn't.
Scoggins: Despite 7-2 record, how good the Gophers are remains a mystery

Scoggins: Despite 7-2 record, how good the Gophers are remains a mystery

The Gophers are a team with definite strengths and identity. But how good are they overall? The next three games will tell us more than the first nine.
Scoggins: Technically speaking, Twins finally arrive in 21st century

Scoggins: Technically speaking, Twins finally arrive in 21st century

Derek Falvey and Thad Levine made a positive first impression by outlining their global strategy in polished corporate talk mixed with a few deadpanned one-liners.
Scoggins: In biggest of big moments, Vikings' defense buckled

Scoggins: In biggest of big moments, Vikings' defense buckled

The Vikings defense surrendered a 17-play touchdown drive at the end of the first half, a last-ditch dagger at the end of the second half and a methodical, 87-yard scoring drive on the first possession of overtime.
Scoggins: Gophers' defense makes up for blunders by Claeys and Leidner

Scoggins: Gophers' defense makes up for blunders by Claeys and Leidner

The Gophers rushed for five touchdowns, passed for 231 yards, forced three turnovers, collected six sacks … and still had to sweat out the final minutes against a lousy team.
Scoggins: When best player is the punter, you're in trouble

Scoggins: When best player is the punter, you're in trouble

Facing a wounded, one-win Chicago Bears team Monday night, the Vikings looked even more wounded and vulnerable than the home team — and not just on offense.
Scoggins: Zimmer delivers hard punch with 'soft' insult

Scoggins: Zimmer delivers hard punch with 'soft' insult

When a coach uses that label — soft — to describe a performance by a player, position group or entire team, the reaction grabs everyone's attention.
Scoggins: Gophers provide example of a bad victory

Scoggins: Gophers provide example of a bad victory

"There's no such thing as a bad win," coach Tracy Claeys declared. Actually, there is.
Scoggins: Vikings offensive line, kicker remain causes for caution

Scoggins: Vikings offensive line, kicker remain causes for caution

At the expense of sounding like Debbie Downer, two areas create nagging uneasiness amid the euphoria of a 5-0 start: The offensive line and Blair Walsh
Scoggins: Welcome to your new home, Coach Boudreau

Scoggins: Welcome to your new home, Coach Boudreau

If Saturday's performance offers a glimpse of what's in store, the Wild looks capable of playing entertaining, fast-paced hockey under new coach Bruce Boudreau.
Scoggins: Lynx' Fowles studying for post-basketball career as mortician

Scoggins: Lynx' Fowles studying for post-basketball career as mortician

Sylvia Fowles hasn't decided how long she intends to play in the WNBA, but she's already preparing for her second career. She wants to become a mortician.
Scoggins: Defense makes Vikings look more and more like Super Bowl contender

Scoggins: Defense makes Vikings look more and more like Super Bowl contender

Official football rules limit the number of players allowed on defense to 11. So why does it feel like the Vikings have 20 defenders on the field at one time?
Scoggins: Did Leidner hit rock bottom in loss to Hawkeyes?

Scoggins: Did Leidner hit rock bottom in loss to Hawkeyes?

One week after throwing a critical interception in the end zone in the fourth quarter of a loss at Penn State, QB Mitch Leidner on Saturday again became a liability for the Gophers offense.
Scoggins: Claeys learning quickly that football is a fraction of the job

Scoggins: Claeys learning quickly that football is a fraction of the job

Offense, defense and special teams make up three of the 101 things the head coach handles in college football.
Vikings punter Locke's words heard loud and clear

Vikings punter Locke's words heard loud and clear

Jeff Locke once had such a pronounced speech impediment that he feared talking in class and once concocted a fake story about being German to avoid being teased.
Scoggins: Smith's instinct for sniffing out plays fuels his love for the game

Scoggins: Smith's instinct for sniffing out plays fuels his love for the game

He loves to hustle. And hit. That's why Smith has become the best safety in the NFL and leader of a relentless Vikings defense.
Scoggins: Gophers' must-win game turns into another always-lose one

Scoggins: Gophers' must-win game turns into another always-lose one

No conference opener should ever be described as must-win, but in terms of perception and creating belief, the Gophers could not afford to leave Penn State on a sour note. That's what happened, though.
Scoggins: Gophers must take advantage of easiest schedule among Big Ten contenders

Scoggins: Gophers must take advantage of easiest schedule among Big Ten contenders

The Gophers won't be favored in all of them, but nothing about the division looks overly intimidating.
Scoggins: Confidence oozes from focused Lynx in playoff opener

Scoggins: Confidence oozes from focused Lynx in playoff opener

The team's core group has lugged a target for five years, knowing every season carries a championship-or-bust purpose.
Scoggins: Wolves' vision of making playoffs is clear, and believable

Scoggins: Wolves' vision of making playoffs is clear, and believable

The Wolves believe they're finally positioned to do something about it. For once, it doesn't come across as standard preseason blather.
Scoggins: Gophers' defense still not to Big Ten standards

Scoggins: Gophers' defense still not to Big Ten standards

Better talent at linebacker gives defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel more flexibility in devising game plans, but execution as an entire defense remains a work in progress.
A powerful, hard-hitting Winfield? Minnesotans have seen this before

A powerful, hard-hitting Winfield? Minnesotans have seen this before

Antoine Winfield Jr. takes after dad, a former Pro Bowl cornerback for the Vikings.
Scoggins: Peterson's dominant days as Vikings running back likely over

Scoggins: Peterson's dominant days as Vikings running back likely over

At 31, the Adrian Peterson who dominated NFL defenses is gone. He's set for knee surgery Thursday, and is owed $18 million next season.
Scoggins: Dealing with setbacks the key to NFL success

Scoggins: Dealing with setbacks the key to NFL success

Mike Zimmer isn't interested in having his players make excuses for their injured teammates' absence.
Scoggins: Vikings again find way to stymie Rodgers

Scoggins: Vikings again find way to stymie Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers looked frustrated, confused, erratic — nothing like the best quarterback in the NFL. Nothing like the guy who has owned the Vikings throughout his career.
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