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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
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.
Shane Zylstra’s 5-yard touchdown catch was MSU Mankato’s only pass during an epic 27-play, 97-yard drive vs. Tarleton State on Saturday.

Scoggins: Dashing through the snow, Mankato's record 27-play drive

In whiteout conditions with its season on the line Minnesota State Mankato called 26 consecutive runs, followed by a 5-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-goal.
Under offensive coordinator John DeFilippo, the Vikings rank 30th out of 32 NFL teams in rushing offense.

Scoggins: Zimmer and DeFilippo still not on same page after dozen games

Are we seeing growing pains in a new relationship or a fundamental divide that creates an unsustainable situation between the head coach and a top assistant?
Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) caught a long pass in the second quarter against the Packers on Sunday.

Scoggins: It's time for Spielman to reward two more Vikings

Re-signing Sheldon Richardson and reworking Adam Thielen's existing contract this offseason seem like natural starting points for looking to the team's future.
Tackle Sheldon Richardson, left, celebrated after he looped in and sacked Aaron Rodgers, right, in the fourth quarter. He also made big stops in the r

Scoggins: Vikings pass up the blitz, shut down Packers passing game

Aaron Rodgers had 71 yards passing in the first quarter but managed only 127 the rest of the game — and 82 of those yards came on a hurry-up final drive.
After 15 years Minnesota took back Paul Bunyan's Axe after they defeated Wisconsin 37-15 at Camp Randall Stadium

Scoggins: Gophers' signature victory over Badgers came in all phases

P.J. Fleck's team earned the right to celebrate after a historic performance at Wisconsin.
With two freshman quarterbacks, Tanner Morgan and Zach Annexstad, the Gophers have one solid reason for optimism at the position.

Scoggins: Gophers have found quarterbacks (plural), for the near future

Tanner Morgan gets another shot to solidify his No. 1 QB standing on Saturday. Zack Annexstad might have the bigger upside. Either way, the Gophers won't need to start over at QB next fall.
Come Friday, longtime Eden Prairie football coach Mike Grant will be seeking his 12th state championship in his 14th Prep Bowl.

Scoggins: Grant's grief puts Eden Prairie football in perspective

Since winning his 11th state championship last November, the Eagles' longtime football coach has shed a lot of tears.
Bears inside linebacker Danny Trevathan (59) stopped Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) short of the goal line late in the fourth quarter at Soldier

Scoggins: Vikings effort vs. Bears not worthy of prime time

Coming out of a bye in front of a national TV audience against the NFC North division leaders, the Vikings needed to bring their "A" game. They didn't come close.
Vikings running back Latavius Murray scored in the second quarter from the 1-yard line against the Bears last New Year's Eve.

Scoggins: Vikings vs. Bears has all kinds of flex appeal

Division games always carry extra significance. Division games in mid-November with first place at stake get prime-time treatment.
Joe Mauer, out of Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, was the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball amateur draft in 2001

Scoggins on Mauer: 'The best all-around athlete I've ever witnessed'

The relationship columnist Chip Scoggins built with Joe Mauer dates back to their first conversation, when Mauer asked if he could call back after he'd finished his homework.
Jimmy Butler (23)

Scoggins: Minus one malcontent, what happens now to Wolves?

Jimmy Butler is gone but the damage remains. The Wolves might not be as dysfunctional, but what exactly is their organizational plan
Gophers football coach P. J. Fleck fired his longtime friend and defensive coordinator, Robb Smith, on Sunday in what might have been a difficult pers

Scoggins: Fleck's credibility on the line with next coaching hire

Firing a coordinator during his second year as Gophers head coach shows both desperation and an acknowledgment that P.J. Fleck got it wrong on the front end.
Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mackensie Alexander celebrates after sacking Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during the second half of an NFL

Scoggins: Vikings defense shows off its swagger of last season

It was strange and alarming to see Mike Zimmer's defense exposed so readily after distinguishing itself as the best in the NFL throughout much of 2017.
An official First Light Celebration at Allianz Field was held Oct. 21 to show off where the Loons will play their home games starting next season.

Scoggins: No more excuses for Loons; it's time to be a playoff contender

The bar needs to be raised considerably as Minnesota United moves into its new home, Allianz Field, starting next season.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns swatted away a first-half shot by the Lakers' LeBron James at Target Center on Monday night.

Scoggins: Amid drama, Butler steals the show against LeBron's Lakers

On a night when the NBA's biggest star was at Target Center, the Wolves' Jimmy Butler still remained the top story. Weirdly, in a good way.
The faces on the fans said it all after P.J. Williams pick 6 in the 3rd quarter.

Scoggins: Brees get to be passenger as Saints defense runs over Vikings

The NFL's all-time leading passer had an unusually quiet performance, but the Saints showed they can win using a different formula than run-and-gun offense.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan

Scoggins: Morgan ought to stay at starter under center for Gophers

Tanner Morgan stated his case in his first career start in relief on an injured Zack Annexstad with a performance that included 302 yards passing, a lot of positives and one costly mistake.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees leads the NFL this season in completion percentage (77.3) and passer rating (121.6).

Scoggins: Zimmer, Vikings defense in for a rude wake-up call with Brees

The remarkable Drew Brees became the NFL's career leading passer earlier this month when he broke Peyton Manning's record. He is currently at 72,315 yards.
Nebraska’s running back Devine Ozigbo broke away from the Minnesota defense including defensive back Jacob Huff during the first quarter as Minnesot

Scoggins: Youth can't be blamed for defensive meltdown at Nebraska

One week after displaying grit and competitive fight at Ohio State, the Gophers offered no resistance whatsoever against winless Nebraska while starting nine upperclassmen on defense.
A pillar on Marquette Avenue in the Minneapolis skyway depicts the Timberwolves logo rather than Jimmy Butler.

Scoggins: Butler's missing photo setting tone for new Wolves season

The skyway connecting Marquette Avenue and 6th Street in downtown Minneapolis has five pillars decorated in a Timberwolves promotion. Only four of them feature members of the team.
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.
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