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Chip Scoggins

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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.
Sherels is the strong survivor Gophers knew he'd become

Sherels is the strong survivor Gophers knew he'd become

Gophers linebackers coach Mike Sherels called upon the strength he was known for as a player to survive near-fatal digestive system emergencies. "I certainly have a new appreciation for being alive," he said.
Scoggins: Zimmer vs. Rodgers adds spice to Vikings-Packers rivalry

Scoggins: Zimmer vs. Rodgers adds spice to Vikings-Packers rivalry

In terms of strategic matchups, this one belongs in bold lettering — one of the NFL's brightest defensive minds facing the NFL's most talented quarterback.
Scoggins: Gophers closer to ending games against overmatched opponents

Scoggins: Gophers closer to ending games against overmatched opponents

Playing FCS opponents puts Power Five teams in a no-win situation. They basically get no credit if they win, and they get lambasted if they lose.
Scoggins: Who'll start at QB? Vikings don't, and shouldn't, know yet

Scoggins: Who'll start at QB? Vikings don't, and shouldn't, know yet

If Bradford gains enough grasp of Norv Turner's system by then and doesn't feel overwhelmed and isn't putting the offense at risk, give him the ball and let him go. If Bradford remains uncertain about protections, verbiage or basic concepts, Hill should be the guy until Bradford catches up to speed.
Scoggins: Vikings move to get Sam Bradford was bold, necessary

Scoggins: Vikings move to get Sam Bradford was bold, necessary

Sam Bradford is not a top-tier quarterback worth a first-round pick under normal circumstances. This isn't a normal circumstance.
Scoggins: Gophers football in 2016 looks a lot like 2015

Scoggins: Gophers football in 2016 looks a lot like 2015

The start of the Gophers' 2016 football season in many ways picked up where 2015 left off - and there's plenty to correct.
Scoggins: Zimmer vows, 'I'm not going to let this team feel sorry for us'

Scoggins: Zimmer vows, 'I'm not going to let this team feel sorry for us'

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's immediate task is to keep players believing that all is not lost with Teddy Bridgewater out, that enough talent remains to achieve their goals.
Scoggins: U assistant Sherels embodies what's great about college football

Scoggins: U assistant Sherels embodies what's great about college football

If Gophers players are searching for inspiration or wondering how their season and careers might unfold, they need look no further than their ailing linebackers coach.
Scoggins: 'Let's not revisit the Teddy Twilight Zone again'

Scoggins: 'Let's not revisit the Teddy Twilight Zone again'

His final three throws of the preseason put to rest the mysterious shoulder issue that snowballed into an awkward dance between coach Mike Zimmer and the media.

Scoggins: Coach Bart Miller molding a meaner Gophers' offensive line

Bart Miller wants workouts to be hellacious. He's not fond of shortcuts or excuses.
Scoggins: Will the Bridgewater drama pass? Not yet

Scoggins: Will the Bridgewater drama pass? Not yet

When a starting quarterback mysteriously doesn't start a game and then spends two practices working strictly on handoffs, questions are going to be asked. And more than once.
Scoggins: Canterbury Park field shows top-flight horse racing

Scoggins: Canterbury Park field shows top-flight horse racing

A phenomenal finish in the Sprint Championship at Canterbury's Festival of Champions on Sunday showed owners, trainers and fans that Minnesota is capable of producing exceptional horse racing.
Scoggins: By fixing his flaws, Dozier goes from slumping to sizzling

Scoggins: By fixing his flaws, Dozier goes from slumping to sizzling

The Twins' second baseman has smacked a league-best 19 home runs since June 19, hit safely in 22 of 23 games and has raised his batting average nearly 70 points since late May.
Scoggins: Bridgewater aiming to show his daring side

Scoggins: Bridgewater aiming to show his daring side

Teddy Bridgewater's quest to improve on deep passes has been a nonstop talking point. It's a necessary step in his evolution.
Wed to the whistle: Gene Steratore a two-sport fixture

Wed to the whistle: Gene Steratore a two-sport fixture

The drive to be where he is today, working as an NFL referee and a college basketball official, a duel role that makes Gene Steratore unique in the world of referees.
Scoggins: Twins' Polanco showing upside, without big hype

Scoggins: Twins' Polanco showing upside, without big hype

Polanco is showing that he belongs in the lineup and needs a position to call home. "When you're here," he said, "there's always a chance to show something."
Scoggins: Legends Nicklaus, Trevino do comedy improv in Blaine

Scoggins: Legends Nicklaus, Trevino do comedy improv in Blaine

On Saturday, the two 76-year-old legends of golf belonged on stage at a comedy club. Their improv routine wasn't a re-enactment of "Grumpy Old Men." More like "Goofy Old Men."
Scoggins: Stadium passes first test. But unknowns (and Packers) still ahead

Scoggins: Stadium passes first test. But unknowns (and Packers) still ahead

U.S. Bank Stadium offers some distinctive features that will never be accused of being cookie-cutter. Those touches give the place its own uniqueness, though a few important unknowns remain.
Scoggins: If Gophers football can't contend this year, it's failure

Scoggins: If Gophers football can't contend this year, it's failure

Privately, people inside the University of Minnesota football department have been circling this season as an opportunity to emerge as a serious Big Ten contender.
Scoggins: Money is a factor in pivotal year for Peterson

Scoggins: Money is a factor in pivotal year for Peterson

Transition season puts Peterson in a role where he must adapt to Teddy Bridgewater as the Vikings' focal point
Scoggins: Vikings' Sullivan says he has nothing to prove in comeback

Scoggins: Vikings' Sullivan says he has nothing to prove in comeback

John Sullivan's status remains a question mark until the football pads come on for real, though he refuses to entertain worst-case scenarios.

Off the field, Fitzgerald steps up, too

Larry Fitzgerald Jr. is recognized as one of the best receivers in NFL history. Off the field, he's a seasoned world traveler who also is involved with numerous philanthropic organizations.
Seeking greatness, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. always battling himself

Seeking greatness, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. always battling himself

When he watches himself on tape, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. only sees mistakes and weaknesses, never the good. He studies other receivers and finds things they do better than him.
Former Gophers teammates complete life-saving play with kidney donation

Former Gophers teammates complete life-saving play with kidney donation

On June 30, after a lengthy process, Doobie Kurus gave Ed Hawthorne one of his kidneys. Hawthorne says his teammate saved his life.
Scoggins: Future GM already handcuffed by Pohlad's decision on Molitor

Scoggins: Future GM already handcuffed by Pohlad's decision on Molitor

Whoever replaces Terry Ryan should have the freedom to make changes — any changes — that will help clean up the mess at Target Field. Every option should be on the table.
Scoggins: At 34, Lynx star Whalen still improving her game

Scoggins: At 34, Lynx star Whalen still improving her game

The former Hutchinson and Gophers star's competitive spirit burns white hot. She believes she still plays at an elite level. Just differently now.
Trent leaving Apple Valley to play basketball at Findlay Prep

Trent leaving Apple Valley to play basketball at Findlay Prep

Apple Valley star basketball guard Gary Trent Jr. announced Friday that he is transferring to Findlay Prep High School in Las Vegas for his senior season.
Scoggins: 16-year-old jockey learns racing game at Canterbury

Scoggins: 16-year-old jockey learns racing game at Canterbury

Scott Bethke wakes up before 4 a.m. every day to make sure he's at his job by 5 a.m. Some days he doesn't return home until past midnight.He's 16.
Scoggins: Where's the loyalty? Today's sports stars are different

Scoggins: Where's the loyalty? Today's sports stars are different

Kevin Durant is just the latest athlete to leave home to chase a title.
Scoggins: Summitt was a treasure to Tennessee and beyond

Scoggins: Summitt was a treasure to Tennessee and beyond

All Tennesseans — men and women, young and old, basketball fans and non-basketball fans — adored Pat Summitt.
Scoggins: Lynx coach Reeve still pushing hard for equity, respect

Scoggins: Lynx coach Reeve still pushing hard for equity, respect

Cheryl Reeve passionately advocates for greater media coverage of women sports, better pay in the workplace and more willingness from "decision-makers" to ignore traditional stereotypes.
For Evans Scholars, it's a future in the bag

For Evans Scholars, it's a future in the bag

Brenden Petersen felt terrified as he arrived at Minikahda Club one February morning. His mind raced as he waited two hours for his interview with a roomful of adults, knowing a college scholarship valued at more than $90,000 was at stake.
Scoggins: Be smart, Wolves. Don't trade any of your 'Big Three'

Scoggins: Be smart, Wolves. Don't trade any of your 'Big Three'

Now is not the time for the Wolves to deviate from a plan that finally makes sense, a blueprint that inspires belief and real optimism. Keep the core together.
Scoggins: Vikings' young defense hungry to improve

Scoggins: Vikings' young defense hungry to improve

The Vikings' plan under coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman revolves around a core of players who are on their first or second contracts.
Scoggins: Vikings linebacker expects emotional trip home

Scoggins: Vikings linebacker expects emotional trip home

Edmond Robinson tried to keep his mind focused on football this week, but memories of the tragedy of one year ago were inescapable.
Scoggins: Sleep mask, hammocks, 'lots of underwear' for Saints bus trip

Scoggins: Sleep mask, hammocks, 'lots of underwear' for Saints bus trip

One road trip, 14 games in 14 days — all by bus. From St. Paul to Joplin, Mo., to Laredo, Texas, to Amarillo, Texas, to Sioux Falls and back home.
Scoggins: Twins' victory a reminder of what has been lost

Scoggins: Twins' victory a reminder of what has been lost

The Twins hadn't played a game at Target Field where they didn't trail this season before beating the Red Sox 7-4 in 10 innings Sunday - the 62nd game of the year.
Scoggins: Get Sano out of right field, trade Plouffe, give Kepler a long look

Scoggins: Get Sano out of right field, trade Plouffe, give Kepler a long look

Ripping Miguel Sano for being a terrible right fielder is to assign blame in the wrong place. Criticism should be directed at those who insisted on this gamble, namely GM Terry Ryan and manager Paul Molitor.
Scoggins: South High's 'Marvelous Mia' keeps fighting

Scoggins: South High's 'Marvelous Mia' keeps fighting

A rare form of brain cancer hasn't dampened Mia Gerold's competitive spirit. "I don't let it worry me anymore," Mia says.
Scoggins: U's Mark Coyle can learn from Baylor's blown priorities

Scoggins: U's Mark Coyle can learn from Baylor's blown priorities

An athletic director must serve as a vigilant parent rocking on the front-porch swing, keeping dutiful watch over the operation. The Gophers, more than ever, need new leader Mark Coyle to become that bedrock.
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