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Chip Scoggins

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Phone: 612-673-4484
Location: Minneapolis
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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
Richard Pitino might have his deepest team yet when the Gophers tip off on Wednesday night.

Scoggins: Pitino has built strong U roster for strange season ahead

Add this to the list of unexpected things of 2020: Gophers men's basketball has a deep, stable roster.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck

Scoggins: When COVID hits college football, to play or not remains confounding

A controversial finish by the Gophers over Purdue overshadowed the main topic pregame: 22 players did not suit up, leaving them with only 61 scholarship players available. Is this worth it?
Iowa wide receiver Nico Ragaini ran the ball for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Gophers last Friday night.

Scoggins: U's defensive drop-off was expected, but not this calamity

From 10th to 93rd in total defense. From 36th to 99th in scoring defense. This has been a staggering U-turn for the Gophers' defense in only one season.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins reacts in front of teammate running back Dalvin Cook

Scoggins: Poised Cousins comes through and season feels relevant again

The maligned quarterback more than filled in the gaps on a night when other parts of the Vikings' game weren't as good as they needed to be.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck walked the sideline with his head down in the second half as Iowa extended its lead

Scoggins: Blown-out Gophers badly overmatched by Iowa

Outplayed and outcoached are just two words that apply to what transpired Friday night at TCF Bank Stadium, where the Gophers lost yet again to rival Iowa.
Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim has 10 touchdowns in three games, including this one against Michigan.

Scoggins: Ibrahim's relentless running traces back to one moment

Sophomore year in high school, his second game as a starting running back, facing one of the best teams in the state of Maryland. Mo Ibrahim remembers it vividly.
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook sprinted into the end zone for a 70-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the Lions on Sunday.

Scoggins: All that talk about not paying Dalvin Cook sounds silly now

A strong case can be made that Cook is the best all-around running back in the NFL. That's why the Vikings signed him to a big contract before the season started despite his injury history.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph could bring the Vikings a promising young player and/or draft picks in a trade.

Scoggins: Don't let beating Packers fool you. Vikings should be active traders

The NFL trade deadline is 3 p.m. today and if the Vikings can move a veteran or two in exchange for draft picks, they should go for it. Trade veterans, commit to young players, stockpile draft picks.
Aaron Rodgers fumbles as he is hit by Minnesota Vikings' rookie D.J. Wonnum on the final play of the game.

Scoggins: Maligned Vikings defense comes through despite more trauma

Another batch of injuries during Sunday's game forced the Vikings to make some moves on defense that not even Mike Zimmer could have imagined.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins threw an incomplete pass as Packers linebacker Za'Darius Smith applied pressure in Week 1.

Scoggins: A Packers week without intensity, animosity doesn't feel right

Remember when Packers week meant something? The excitement, the animosity, the extra significance of those two games each season?
Agwa Nywesh celebrated in the student section after making a last-second basket to win Monday night's game against Mayo. He scored 30 points while wea

True colors: A changed Austin unites around its school's red-and-white

The schools have more minority students enrolled than white students, with 48 languages spoken in its classrooms. Through the changes, two colors have united the town: The red and white of the Austin Packers.
Angie Stransky, a nurse administrator for Mayo Clinic Health System, tested Minnesota State Mankato hockey player Ryan Edquist for COVID-19 last week.

D-II, D-III sports restart could rest on NCAA testing rules decision

If the NCAA mandates that colleges test athletes three times per week, Minnesota schools will need to figure our how to get access and pay for thousands of tests.
COVID-19 concerns hovered over (clockwise from top) the Gophers, Badgers quarterback Graham Mertz and Purdue coach Jeff Brohm. And it's only Week 2.

Scoggins: Things may get weird, but it's good to have college football back

Every scout team member is a potential starter. The No. 3 quarterback might be running onto the field at some point. It's not ideal, but this is what we wanted.
Gophers defensive lineman MJ Anderson (3) and linebacker Cody Lindenberg (45) collided as they missed a tackle against Michigan wide receiver Giles Ja

Scoggins: For starters, Gophers' defense, special teams weren't remotely capable

An overmatched defense and absurd special teams — caused by COVID-19 absences and injuries — turned a highly anticipated opener into a one-sided contest. Michigan's offense basically did whatever it wanted all game.
Gophers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, in 2019.

Scoggins: New faces, external factors bring uncertainty to U defense

Defenses in college football already play on a slanted field. How quickly the Gophers' new-look unit matures will determine whether P.J. Fleck's program takes the next step and wins the Big Ten West.
Big Ten football teams such as the Gophers are getting a late start to the 2020 season, but that ends this week. The Gophers open at TCF Bank Stadium

Scoggins: Gophers, Big Ten about to join football's season of chaos

"This is a completely different animal," Gophers coach P.J. Fleck said. "It's preparing for ghosts, preparing for the unknown. You just have to be ready for it."
Florida quarterback Kyle Trask has thrown for 996 yards and 14 touchdowns in three games.

Chip Scoggins' 20 thoughts on the 2020 college football season

Welcome to the weirdest college football season on record.
Sid Hartman at a Timberwolves game, March 2, 2015.

Scoggins: What was Sid like? There's no simple way to answer

There is no adequate way to describe what it's like to work with Sid Hartman, but he was certainly a special colleague.
Seattle Seahawks' DK Metcalf (14) pulls in a long pass reception on the Seahawks' last series of an NFL football game as Minnesota Vikings' Cameron Da

Scoggins: Vikings can't convert fourth down ... and down to defeat they went

The game offered a basket full of headline-worthy developments, but coach Mike Zimmer's decision with two minutes to play will receive the most scrutiny.
Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks

Scoggins: Kendricks is a rock in the middle of Vikings defense

Any down, any situation, Eric Kendricks is the rock in middle of Vikings defense
Arrowhead Stadium had warning signs out to help protect both the fans and players before Monday's game between the Chiefs and Patriots.

Scoggins: NFL's COVID outbreak inevitable, but a bubble is unrealistic

The weekend's on-the-fly schedule changes were an inevitable outcome in the precarious pursuit of playing a full pro football season, however crass that might sound.
Scoggins: Two plays from two special players lead Vikings to victory

Scoggins: Two plays from two special players lead Vikings to victory

Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson on Sunday gave the Vikings' offense life and got the team into the win column for the first time this season.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer

Scoggins: Record NFL scoring pace is foreign, unwelcome territory for Zimmer

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer dreams at night about winning games 13-10. But low scoring isn't realistic right now, meaning his teams will have to win shootouts until the defense gets healthy and more experienced.
Adam Thielen laid dejected on the field in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Titans.

Scoggins: Victory in their grasp, Vikings throw it away

The Vikings on Sunday found a new way to lose as a slapstick finish wasted brilliant performances by Dalvin Cook and Justin Jefferson.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer.

Scoggins: It's a lengthy to-do list for Zimmer, the Vikings' 'Fixer'

Mike Zimmer billed himself as a 'Fixer' when he was hired, and at 0-2 heading into Sunday's date with Tennessee this feels like a hefty repair job.
Wide receiver Rashod Bateman (13) opted out of the 2020 Big Ten football season when the conference postponed its season. Now that the league has reve

Scoggins: Letting U's Bateman play should be easy call for the NCAA

This isn't complicated: The Big Ten flip-flopped on whether it is safe to play football this fall. Why can't Gophers star Rashod Bateman do the same?
A familiar sight: Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was pressured by the Colts defense early and often on Sunday.

Scoggins: Zimmer on offense, 'Right now we're not very good at anything'

Kirk Cousins on Sunday finished with a 15.9 passer rating, the ninth-worst in team history. "It was just a poor day," he said. And it was. For him, his team, the whole operation.
A Minnesota Vikings fan watches during the second half of an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept.

Vikings fans find their way to Indianapolis

Plenty of Colts season-ticket holders who were able to score tickets to Sunday's game vs. the Vikings sold them on the secondary market. At a premium, in some cases. Capacity was capped at 2,500
From the pressbox at Notre Dame Stadium, you could spot the Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus — as well as thousands upon thousands of empty seats.

Scoggins: Trip to sports cathedrals Wrigley, Notre Dame is lacking

The thrill of attending a sporting event is enhanced by the noise, the energy, the smells, the claustrophobic nature of fans cramming into a confined space. Remove all that and here's what it feels like.
The Twins' Josh Donaldson kicks dirt on home plate after his home run prompting umpire Dan Bellino to eject him from the game during the sixth inning

Scoggins: Think Donaldson's ejection was funny? Think again

Josh Donaldson's post-home run antics Thursday were selfish, completely unnecessary and hurt the Twins' chances in a crucial game.
An empty TCF Bank Stadium, home of the Gophers.

Scoggins: Big Ten made right call, but now the onus is on players

There's no wiggle room on personal responsibility if the season is to play out properly.
Chris Streveler (against San Jose State in 2014) really didn't get to play much quarterback for the Gophers, who made him into a wide receiver. He tra

Scoggins: Streveler goes from Gophers transfer to NFL quarterback

The Gophers coaching staff had so little faith in Chris Streveler's skills that they ultimately moved him to wide receiver. Now he's Kyler Murray's backup with the Arizona Cardinals.
Kevin Warren is at least guilty of not offering much clarity during his first year as Big Ten commissioner.

Scoggins: Big Ten's messy messaging case study in poor leadership

The Big Ten made a decision before it needed to, failed miserably in articulating why they made it and couldn't even agree on whether a formal vote had been taken.
Green Bay Packers running back Jamaal Williams broke away from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Wilson during the first quarter.

Scoggins: Zimmer's defense gets failing grade in opener

The overmatched Vikings defense was ill equipped in every way to stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense.
Vikings running back Alexander Mattison hurdled over the Raiders defense for his first career touchdown last September.

Vikings' Mattison builds a 'hurdle wall' -- and keeps breaking through it

The "power of the collective" helped the second-year running back reach the NFL and become a role model in his California hometown. "Everything was always a learning situation," his mother says.
U.S. Bank Stadium will not look much different than this on gamedays for at least the beginning of the 2020 season, with no fans being allowed for Vik

Scoggins: Home field advantage takes a big hit under NFL rules

No sport relies on fan noise to provide an advantage as much as football, and the Vikings will lose a big advantage when they play without fans at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Kirk Cousins is entering his third season as Vikings quarterback. Instead of letting Cousins play out his initial contract this year, the team gave hi

Scoggins: Brightest spotlight shines on Cousins as he readies for Year 3

Kirk Cousins remains the most important player on the Vikings roster, evidenced by social media stampede following his actions on the field and off it.
Right fielder Max Kepler and his Twins teammates slowly left the dugout at the end of the game.

Scoggins: Twins lose six in a row, and concern goes beyond quiet deadline

If big boppers in the lineup don't start big bopping again, this team won't contend no matter how the rotation fares.
Falling family photo honoring Dylan: Father Dustin, mother Michelle and sister Morgan, who will be a freshman at Litchfield High School this fall.

Scoggins: Dylan died this summer and became 'a superhero'

How a 16-year-old student-athlete's decision to donate organs has improved the lives of more than 75 people.
Vikings quarterbacks Jake Browning (3), Nate Stanley (7), Sean Mannion (4) and Kirk Cousins (8) headed to their practice area during training camp Mon

Scoggins: Fumbles at NFL testing lab sends up signal of future chaos

This wasn't a harmless clerical error. Whatever happened, the lab sent the NFL into scramble mode and likely caused concern inside organizations that are trying to makes things work.
Kevin Warren

Scoggins: Warren, Big Ten fumbled everything but the decision itself

The new Big Ten commissioner failed on communication, failed on transparency and failed to bring people together.
Vikings receiver Chad Beebe said he was "super excited" to be back in pads for the first time in training camp Monday.

Scoggins: Pad-on-pad football allows Vikings to clear big hurdle

The NFL can't relax its diligence in trying to manage this safely. But one practice in full pads under a warm August sun felt familiar and reassuring.
Gophers coach PJ Fleck celebrated with players during a team photo following their Outback Bowl victory against Auburn, part of a historic season.

Scoggins: Pandemic took air out of Gophers just as going got good

The Big Ten began playing football in 1896. Of all the seasons to be postponed by a global pandemic, it had to be with the Gophers coming off a historic season. Now Saturdays in the fall will be silent.
(Clockwise from right) Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Gophers coach P.J. Fleck are in a tough position, wanting to

Scoggins: Path forward has turned college football season into chaos

Athletes and coaches involved in all fall college sports deserve to know their fate. Keeping everyone in limbo isn't a plan.
Hutchinson football players Ty Glaser, left, and Jordan Titus monitor their phones while waiting to hear how the MSHSL would vote on the upcoming foot

Scoggins: Moving football to spring hurts in football-crazy Hutchinson

Spring football won't have the same aura towns like Hutchinson have come to embrace. It's still football, and that's better than nothing, but you can understand the disappointment players felt Tuesday.
Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL's chief medical officer, says it's not surprising there have been positive tests for COVID-19 among players reporting to trai

Scoggins: Can the NFL really get through season without a bubble?

This is how the NFL intends/hopes/prays to make pandemic football succeed, in the absence of a bubble: The honor system and self-policing. How realistic is that?
Twins star Nelson Cruz crushed his second home run of Sunday's game against the White Sox, a three-run shot in the eighth inning.

Scoggins: Most entertaining hitters? Look at oldest and youngest Twins

Born 17 years apart, Nelson Cruz and Luis Arraez are also very different hitters who consistently deliver in their own way; one mashes, the other slashes.
Chicago White Sox players celebrate after they defeated the Twins in a game on Saturday

Scoggins: White Sox 2020 season buzz looks legitimate

With a mix of young and veteran talent, the White Sox could contend in the AL Central for years.
The Twins' Luis Arraez acknowledges teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run single during the seventh inning

Scoggins: Looking for a sure thing this uncertain season? Twins can still hit

A familiar theme emerged on Opening Day of the strangest season in the 60 years of the Twins' existence that allows for one definitive statement that promises to hold up.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli

Scoggins: Baldelli's Bomba Squad 2.0 is potent top to bottom, inside-out

Lineup options abound for the 2020 Twins. And it's a lineup that looks even more formidable than the one that launched an MLB-record 307 home runs and scored a franchise-record 939 runs.
The Twins' coaching staff positions a fielder from the dugout during the second inning of a summer camp game against the Cubs

Scoggins: Pandemic baseball is weird (but better than no baseball)

Chicago's Wrigley Field, a place revered for its rollicking party scene, was quieter than solitary confinement during Wednesday's game between the Twins and Cubs.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer is in the final year of his contract, but the team has yet to announce an extension.

Scoggins: Vikings better not let Zimmer's contract be yet another distraction

What is the harm in adding two years to Zimmer's contract? From a purely business perspective, that equates to a severance package if ownership ultimately chooses a new direction, not an unbreakable marriage.
Don’t let Sergio Romo’s infectious smile fool you. The Twins reliever is a fierce competitor on the mound.

Live free, pitch free: Welcome to Sergio Romo's wacky Twins universe

Baseball scouts showed little interest in the Twins reliever out of high school or college because he's smallish in size with a fastball that lacks sizzle. Yet he's in his 13th MLB season with three World Series rings and an All-Star appearance on his résumé.
Richard Pitino and Johnny Tauer

Scoggins: Tommies vs. Gophers? That's not what big move is all about

Division I makes sense for St. Thomas for a variety of reasons. So what impact will that move have on University of Minnesota sports teams? Very little, initially.
Kirill Kaprizov isn’t eligible to play the rest of this season but signed a two-year deal with the Wild on Monday.

Scoggins: Leipold finally has his man in Russian star Kaprizov

The Wild's owner never reached a point where he thought Monday's franchise-altering development might not happen, but Craig Leipold admits he had moments of real concern.
More than four months after we last saw them play, Ethan Finlay and Minnesota United return to action Sunday night, albeit in an MLS "bubble" in Orlan

Scoggins: Seeing will be believing when Loons kick off tonight

The seriousness and uncertainty of what's happening in the world and what's to come won't magically vanish, but the thought of being entertained seems awfully appealing right now.
Jeremy Doden and his daughter Audrey, 5, checked out the horses in the paddock. Canterbury Park lets in about 750 fans, which is 10 percent or so of a

Scoggins: Canterbury Park offers sports fans a glimpse of the future

Temperature checks, blocked-off bathroom stalls, hand sanitizer stations and, of course, masks are all part of allowing people — a few, anyway — back to watch.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli wore a mask during practice Friday, the team's first day back after nearly four months away because of the COVID-19 pande

Scoggins: There is no handbook for Twins' Baldelli in 60-game season

The 2019 AL Manager of the Year won't push too hard too fast despite the shortened schedule.
Seats were taped off to meet social distancing needs before the start of the NWSL Challenge Cup on Saturday in Herriman, Utah.

Scoggins: Positive tests dim hopes about the return to sports

The surge of COVID-19 cases in different states — including Florida, where the NBA, WNBA and MLS will be based — has cast new doubt about whether sports can pull this off.
Twins general manager Thad Levine, manager Rocco Baldelli and chief baseball officer Derek Falvey talked during spring training in February. All 13 of

Scoggins: Time for bold change among Minnesota's sports executives

Minnesota's sports leadership a largely homogeneous group of white people who run teams and programs that have a high percentage of athletes who are minorities. It's time to change that.
TCF Bank Stadium

Scoggins: When (not if) Gophers test COVID-19-positive, listen to doctors

The coronavirus presents a complicated situation for universities as the fall approaches. No amount of health measures and protocols can eliminate risk entirely.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said Monday he's not confident there will be a 2020 MLB season. The most incredible aspect of baseball’s standstill is that

Scoggins: Baseball is redefining 'Moneyball' in the greediest of ways

The sport could have been the first back from the pandemic, but thanks to failed leadership and greed there's doubt it will be back this year at all.
The Vikings and running back Dalvin Cook seem at a contract impasse at the moment, but both have much to lose if a compromise isn't worked out.

Scoggins: Cook, Vikings should and will compromise on new contract

The Vikings will compromise. Cook will compromise. A summerlong staredown or threats of a training camp holdout are nothing more than Negotiating 101.
After a heart procedure, Becker’s Brayden Weber hopes to play football and wrestle as a senior.

Becker wrestler doing well after heart procedure

After a medical emergency at the wrestling state meet, Brayden Weber has been cleared to resume physical activity and hopes to wrestle and play football again.
Boxer Jamal James oversaw the packing of supply bags by volunteers at the Circle of Discipline boxing gym, which became a temporary food shelf after n

Scoggins: Boxing gym on Lake Street fighting for its neighborhood

In boxing, the fundamental objective is to knock down your opponent. At Circle of Discipline, a boxing gym on E. Lake St., the mission was just the opposite last week after the killing of George Floyd.
Coach Larry McKenzie gave instructions to North High's Willie Wilson during a game in 2019.

Scoggins: Young people need mentors like North's coach McKenzie

The legendary North High boys' basketball coach keeps replaying the video of George Floyd in his mind. "That could've been me. That could've been my son. That could've been any of my players."
Willie Mitchell, center, celebrated a Wild goal, with teammate against Vancouver in the 2003 NHL playoffs.

Former Wild defenseman Mitchell still driven to succeed

Willie Mitchell, the tough ex-Wild player who appeared in 900-plus games over 15 NHL seasons, is now part owner of a resort on Vancouver Island.
It is hard to imagine 100,000 people in attendance at a college football game this fall, such as when Michigan played host to Army last September. But

Scoggins: Hope for college football, but there's still much to navigate

College athletes will start returning to campus for workouts in two weeks and universities increasingly have pledged to resume in-person classes this fall.
Then-Gophers football coach Jerry Kill led 10-year-old cancer patient Mia Gerold onto the field before the start of a game against New Mexico State in

'Marvelous Mia' is all grown up, and back at Gophers games

As a 10-year-old with brain cancer, Mia Gerold formed a bond with the Gophers football team and former coach Jerry Kill. At 19, she has a new relationship with the U.
Gov. Tim Walz appointed Tarek Tomes as his commissioner of Minnesota IT Services in 2019. Now Tomes has an additional job: overseeing youth sports dur

Scoggins: How the governor's IT guy ended up in charge of youth sports

Tarek Tomes' pandemic mission hits close to the heart.
MLB safety measures might rein in walkoff celebrations such as Max Kepler and the Twins enjoyed last July, but accommodations will need to be made to

Scoggins: Strange-looking baseball? It's better than no baseball at all

Reading through baseball's 67-page manual for starting the season is a blunt reminder that "Game on!" will be far more complex than simply telling fans to stay home.
ESPN’s remarkable documentary “The Last Dance,” re-examining the traveling circus that was Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, can be distilled in

Scoggins: U star Tucker said playing with Jordan a lesson in intensity

Former Gophers great Trent Tucker shared a locker room with Michael Jordan for one season, 1992-93, the final act of the Bulls' first championship three-peat.
The University of Minnesota is hoping it can have packed football games again this fall at TCF Bank Stadium.

Scoggins: If you don't want Gophers to cut sports, buckle up for changes

Mounting revenue loss will force athletic departments to make decisions they fear most. Do they maintain the same number of sports but reduce spending ? Or do they make the tough choice of elimination?
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren has pushed for mental health awareness.

Scoggins: Mental health cornerstone of Big Ten leader Warren's agenda

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren took an important step in accomplishing that objective leaguewide by unveiling a new initiative in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month.
When it all collapsed: ex-Vikings won't have to embellish the story of 2010

When it all collapsed: ex-Vikings won't have to embellish the story of 2010

Starting with a Mississippi junket to lasso Brett Favre and ending with torn stadium roof, a weird season kept getting weirder.