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Chip Scoggins

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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.
Scoggins: Robinson's statement leaves more questions than answers

Scoggins: Robinson's statement leaves more questions than answers

A sizable distinction exists between reporting to superiors a suspicion of drug use and what one of his wrestlers said: That Robinson confronted his team about selling drugs, offered amnesty and confiscated pills.
Scoggins: Maybe Dozier will get the hint from the bench

Scoggins: Maybe Dozier will get the hint from the bench

In a season of disappointment for almost every Twins player in uniform, Dozier looks lost — defiant is probably more accurate — at the plate as he attempts to yank every pitch down the left-field line.
Ex-Vikings quarterback turns from touchdowns to salvation

Ex-Vikings quarterback turns from touchdowns to salvation

Just as he did when he was the Vikings quarterback, Pastor Randall Cunningham knows how to captivate an audience. Now he's doing that with a 1,200-member church in Las Vegas, where he played college football.
Scoggins: Gophers pitching coach makes most of extra innings

Scoggins: Gophers pitching coach makes most of extra innings

After a leukemia diagnosis and bone marrow transplant, Gophers pitching coach Todd Oakes' recovery has inspired others to donate time, money, blood and stem cells.
Scoggins: Gophers women's teams have no shortage of star power

Scoggins: Gophers women's teams have no shortage of star power

Four women's teams won either regular-season or tournament Big Ten championships. Women's hockey won the national title for the second consecutive year and fourth time in five years. The volleyball team advanced to the Final Four.
Scoggins: Strong Minnesota coaching quartet inspires confidence

Scoggins: Strong Minnesota coaching quartet inspires confidence

In sports, strong coaches anchor organizations by giving them credibility, direction and decisive leadership. They often become the face of their organizations, even more than their star players.
Scoggins: Goetz was a good candidate, but Coyle was a better one

Scoggins: Goetz was a good candidate, but Coyle was a better one

Beth Goetz did her best to hold things together for nine months under tough circumstances. But she was not the right choice to lead the department beyond her interim label.
Scoggins: No simple answers following U's latest basketball issue

Scoggins: No simple answers following U's latest basketball issue

Richard Pitino has an image problem. His program has an image problem. That means University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has a problem, too.
Scoggins: Pohlad calls Twins play 'total system failure' but supports Ryan and Molitor

Scoggins: Pohlad calls Twins play 'total system failure' but supports Ryan and Molitor

At 8-20, the Twins have the worst record in the American League and the second-worst record in Major League Baseball. But owner Jim Pohlad isn't about to lay solo blame on those at the top.
Scoggins: Gang of 16 interviewers clogging search for Gophers AD

Scoggins: Gang of 16 interviewers clogging search for Gophers AD

The actual number on University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's hand-picked committee is 16, but it might as well be 900 because the size of that group served as a stop sign for some potential candidates.
Scoggins: Hard-nosed Zimmer authors feel-good story in German receiver

Scoggins: Hard-nosed Zimmer authors feel-good story in German receiver

The Vikings rolled the dice Saturday in the sixth round by making Moritz Boehringer the first straight-from-Europe player ever selected in the NFL draft.
Scoggins: Good 'work ethic' wasn't enough for Wild to beat Dallas

Scoggins: Good 'work ethic' wasn't enough for Wild to beat Dallas

The Wild lost Wednesday night because of too many mistakes — costly penalties, a weak penalty kill — against a superior Dallas team with a finishing gear the Wild lacks.
Scoggins: Wild now has full attention from Dallas

Scoggins: Wild now has full attention from Dallas

From lifeless to hellbent hockey in a flick of a switch, the Wild encapsulated its entire season — and its strange personality — in a Game 3 about-face against the Dallas Stars. So what happens now?
Scoggins: Wild's effort arrives, does nothing for the win column

Scoggins: Wild's effort arrives, does nothing for the win column

The Wild had great chances in Game 2. But too many missed opportunities combined with other factors contributed to a 0-2 series deficit heading home.
Scoggins: Careless and lack of offense is a recipe for quick Wild exit

Scoggins: Careless and lack of offense is a recipe for quick Wild exit

The Wild certainly missed Zach Parise's and Erik Haula's offense, but the Stars played without stud forward Tyler Seguin and managed just fine.
Scoggins: For limping Wild, playoffs generate little excitement

Scoggins: For limping Wild, playoffs generate little excitement

A series of developments conspired to create an unmistakable sense of doom and gloom around the Wild in its series against Minnesota's previous NHL tenant.
Scoggins: Twins hitters deliver another whiff of bad baseball

Scoggins: Twins hitters deliver another whiff of bad baseball

The Twins increased their season total for strikeouts to 79 in seven games, maintaining pace in pursuit of major league baseball's record.
Scoggins: After ballpark burns, Waseca reaches out to Tink Larson

Scoggins: After ballpark burns, Waseca reaches out to Tink Larson

Tink Larson's sadness is evident in his eyes, and his words, but he refuses to complain. He often recites a phrase that he borrowed from Twins manager Paul Molitor.
Scoggins: All that's missing from Wild's playoff berth is excitement

Scoggins: All that's missing from Wild's playoff berth is excitement

The Wild did the most Wild thing ever Tuesday night. It was deliciously fitting for this current outfit, actually.
Packing on the pounds: U football players rely on nutrition, strength training

Packing on the pounds: U football players rely on nutrition, strength training

Specialized diets and strength training help Gophers football players get bigger, stronger.
Scoggins: Lucia's status is a pressing issue for U

Scoggins: Lucia's status is a pressing issue for U

Without a new AD in place, the university should look into giving its men's hockey coach a short contract extension.
Scoggins: Wild needs last year's Dubnyk for this year's playoff run

Scoggins: Wild needs last year's Dubnyk for this year's playoff run

Devan Dubnyk has returned to form since being pulled from a 7-4 meltdown in New Jersey last week. His response: stopping 98 of 103 shots.
Scoggins: Curry, Warriors are elevating the game to uncharted heights

Scoggins: Curry, Warriors are elevating the game to uncharted heights

Curry and the Warriors traveling circus blew into town Monday. For one night, they looked more like grinders than the Greatest Show in Sports, but even max effort from the Timberwolves wasn't enough to derail history in the making.
Scoggins: Hopkins 8th grader attracts offers from colleges -- and Lynx coach

Scoggins: Hopkins 8th grader attracts offers from colleges -- and Lynx coach

Paige Bueckers already has scholarship offers from the Gophers, Iowa State and Illinois -- and the attention of Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve.
Scoggins: St. Thomas coach is driven by success, and failure

Scoggins: St. Thomas coach is driven by success, and failure

John Tauer doesn't lose too often, but he rarely talks about winning with his team either, even though winning at a high level remains an overarching expectation for his program. "We talk about [achieving] excellence," he said.
Wide-open NCAA tournament could go in so many directions

Wide-open NCAA tournament could go in so many directions

In the absence of one or two dominant teams, the beauty of this field lies in its balance at the top — and middle. The No. 1 seeds have 23 combined losses, the most ever for the top four teams in the field.
Scoggins: Minnesota no longer just the State of Hockey

Scoggins: Minnesota no longer just the State of Hockey

As much pride as we take in our self-assigned marketing nickname "State of Hockey," the caliber of basketball talent here isn't exactly chopped liver.
Scoggins: Through titles and turmoil, DeLaSalle's Thorson still brings the energy

Scoggins: Through titles and turmoil, DeLaSalle's Thorson still brings the energy

The ever-animated Thorson remains a polarizing figure in Minnesota basketball because DeLaSalle, a private school, hasn't moved up in class against the big schools.
Scoggins: Najarian might have what U needs in an athletic director

Scoggins: Najarian might have what U needs in an athletic director

Pete Najarian built a national profile because of his success in the financial world and he has close ties to the Twin Cities business community. Would he be a good choice for AD?
Scoggins: 6 straight title games, 6 losses. Is this finally Hermantown's day?

Scoggins: 6 straight title games, 6 losses. Is this finally Hermantown's day?

"I hear it every day, summer, winter, spring and fall," Hawks coach Bruce Plante said. "Doesn't matter where I go."
Scoggins: Grand Rapids' Klatt trades in travel for reward of coaching

Scoggins: Grand Rapids' Klatt trades in travel for reward of coaching

With the NHL lifestyle in the rear-view mirror, Trent Klatt has found a new passion in coaching.
Scoggins: Pitino getting close to using up his chances

Scoggins: Pitino getting close to using up his chances

The cumulative effect of a rash of disciplinary issues raises concerns about Pitino's program and deserves as much attention as his won-lost record.
Scoggins: Neither side to blame for Kill's breakup with U of M

Scoggins: Neither side to blame for Kill's breakup with U of M

Both Jerry Kill and the U of M will be better off now that the former football coach officially won't return to the school in a full-time capacity.
Scoggins: Something has gotten into this Wild team

Scoggins: Something has gotten into this Wild team

Given the before-and-after contrast since his firing, one can reasonably surmise that former coach Mike Yeo's players really must have not enjoyed playing for him.
Scoggins: Bobby Smith is still a fan favorite in Minnesota

Scoggins: Bobby Smith is still a fan favorite in Minnesota

Bobby Smith's stature as one of the best and most popular players ever to wear a North Stars jersey was reflected in the warm embrace he received during Saturday's alumni game
Scoggins: Banham's heroics are feeding a new generation of fans

Scoggins: Banham's heroics are feeding a new generation of fans

A group of excited kids swarmed Rachel Banham for autographs 30 minutes after her game-winner. They probably won't forget that whole experience Monday night for a long time.
Scoggins: Fletcher and his hand-picked roster should now feel the heat

Scoggins: Fletcher and his hand-picked roster should now feel the heat

Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher's résumé reeks of bad trades, shaky draft decisions and other well-documented personnel mistakes.
Scoggins: Solid athletic director candidates should be easy for U to find

Scoggins: Solid athletic director candidates should be easy for U to find

Schools love to use expensive search firms in hiring key athletic positions and coaches. Maybe they think it provides them cover if things go south with the hire.
Chip Scoggins column, Jan. 19: Nothing golden about status of U athletics

Chip Scoggins column, Jan. 19: 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.
Dec. 19, 2015: A.D. role, résumés evolving almost daily at major colleges

Dec. 19, 2015: 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: Wild's core of young players hasn't improved -- and that's on GM Fletcher

Scoggins: Wild's core of young players hasn't improved -- and that's on GM Fletcher

Chuck Fletcher staked his team's future, and possibly his job, on the belief that a group of young players would grow and improve individually. The plan looks murky at present.
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: 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.
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