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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.
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Astein Osei (left), the superintendent of the St. Louis Park Public Schools, and Michael Lehan, principal at Osseo High School, landed their jobs befo

Academic allies: Former U football teammates looked to as leaders

Michael Lehan and Astein Osei mold young minds as school administrators in the metro area.
A young woman found a basketball hoop to herself at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis on Monday.

Scoggins: Gym rats missing places where they could shoot in solitude

They know that staying home is necessary because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is something comforting about being alone in a basketball gym, shooting in silence.
Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle in November.

Scoggins: Coyle's challenge with Gophers is managing the unknown

These are strange days, but the Gophers athletic director does his best dealing with them.
Signing Kirk Cousins to a two-year extension was important for the Vikings. Signing more and better offensive linemen to protect him is even more vita

Scoggins: Glamour moves made, fixing offensive line next Vikings challenge

If the Vikings don't have a mobile quarterback skilled at making something out of nothing, they'd better have a stalwart line that insulates him.
Brayden Weber of Becker High School picked up a trophy earlier this season with his mom, Sara Waytashek, in attendance.

Scoggins: A Becker High School wrestler, a doctor and a life-saving moment

Quick response might have saved the life of Brayden Weber at the state championships last weekend.
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.
Zach Parise is still with the Wild, but by considering trade possibilities for Parise, General Manager Bill Guerin made it clear that no player is unt

Scoggins: Big changes are coming even if Wild didn't deal at trade deadline

Wild general manager Bill Guerin was unable to swing any deals before the NHL trade deadline, but he's already made his intentions clear through his actions. Time to tear it down.
Isaiah Ihnen (35) and Iowa Hawkeyes guard Connor McCaffery (30) chased a loose ball in the first half .

Scoggins: Gophers looked like team without a clue about how to win

The Gophers failed to execute in a doomsday five-minute stretch that should be used as an instructional video on how not to handle crunch time.
Paige Bueckers is headed to UConn and was recently the first girls' high school player featured on the cover of SLAM magazine. “She really wants to

Scoggins: Hopkins' Bueckers dazzling, inspiring a generation of girls

The nation's No. 1-ranked player is a humble sensation in local gyms and on social media.
Recent trades by the Twins and Timberwolves to acquire Kenta Maeda and D'Angelo Russell show both franchises are willing to make bold roster moves if

Scoggins: Here's my thank-you to Twins, Wolves for aggressive moves

Shrewd. Aggressive. Unemotional. The courage to address a glaring problem by sacrificing something that feels familiar or safe is a refreshing change.
NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis.

Scoggins: Let's change how all NCAA athletes change schools

The Big Ten reportedly submitted a proposal to the NCAA supporting a one-time transfer exemption that would allow athletes in every sport to change schools without sitting out a year.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders and Andrew Wiggins

Scoggins: With Wolves, there must be more moves coming, right?

The Wolves changed out a large chunk of their roster, but where did it get them? Is this it? There must be more moves coming because this is a mess.
Should the Vikings pay Kirk Cousins $30 million a year after next season or change course? The Minnesota Vikings take on the San Francisco 49ers in a

The great debate: Which Super Bowl path should the Vikings emulate?

Do the Vikings continue with a high-priced QB or do they roll the dice with the youthful route?
Rachel Banham during her senior season with the Gophers in 2016.

Scoggins: Banham 'all over the place' as she remembers idol and friend Bryant

The former Gophers star became friends with the late Lakers great.
St. Thomas men's basketball coach Johnny Tauer, in 2016

Scoggins: Division uncertainty makes recruiting tougher for St. Thomas coaches

Will St. Thomas be able to to jump directly to Division I without a pit stop at Division II? This interim period has created a weird dynamic in courting the next wave of players.
Three managers (clockwise from left) -- the Astros' A.J. Hinch, the Red Sox's Alex Cora and the Mets' Carlos Beltran -- have been fired for their asso

Scoggins: Being suspicious about baseball is no way to watch it

Electronic sign stealing will become MLB's new steroids nightmare if what happened in Houston wasn't an isolated instance involving a rogue organization. Baseball's integrity is at stake.
The Gopher bench celebrated a second quarter basket against the Iowa Hawkeyes. “We’ll continue to battle,” coach Lindsay Whalen said after her t

Scoggins: Whalen learns difficulties of trying to build her own culture

The departure of star Destiny Pitts shows that just because Lindsay Whalen the basketball player is a beloved icon in Minnesota doesn't mean Lindsay Whalen the coach will be immune to tough times.
49ers defensive end Nick Bosa sacked Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in the fourth quarter of an NFC divisional round playoff game Saturday. The Viki

Scoggins: Before tackling anything else, Vikings must fix offensive line

Coach Mike Zimmer's nonnegotiable style of play, shortcomings in current personnel and a looming decision on running back Dalvin Cook's future. All are tied to the offensive line.
San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman (26) dives to score a touchdown between Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) and def

Scoggins: In colossal mismatch, 49ers run Vikings into the ground

There was nothing fancy about Saturday's demolition: One team ran the ball at will. One team ran into a wall.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (second from left) sacked Saints quarterback Drew Brees to force a fumble in the fourth quarter. The Vikings' de

Scoggins: Both Vikings lines played 'big-boy football' to beat Saints

The defensive line applied pressure to Drew Brees, while the offensive line gave Kirk Cousins time to throw.
Gophers interim offensive coordinator Matt Simon gambled and won on a fourth-and-1 in the fourth quarter when tight end Bryce Witham hauled in a one-h

U interim offensive coordinator Simon calls the right shots

Against Auburn's vaunted defense, the Gophers offense piled up nearly 500 yards.
Gophers head coach PJ Fleck and quarterback Tanner Morgan

Scoggins: Advice for Gophers and Fleck: Cut loose, don't kill the mood

P.J. Fleck's mind-set in facing Auburn should differ from what happened under Jerry Kill in 2015 when Minnesota last played in a bowl game on New Year's Day.
Vikings players Kyle Rudolph, Adam Thielen, Stefon Diggs, Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison stood on the sidelines in the fourth quarter.

Scoggins: Having Vikings healthy for playoffs matters more than loss to Bears

Mike Zimmer on Sunday made the right strategic move in resting most of his starters, even though his offense looked unprepared for the postseason in a prime-time loss to the Packers a week ago.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan threw downfield in the second quarter at Northwestern.

Scoggins: Gophers in good hands at quarterback with Tanner Morgan

The Gophers have the player they want at QB going forward, and he should rank among the best in college football next season.
Packers running back Aaron Jones put the game away with his second touchdown Monday night, a 56-yard run in the fourth quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Scoggins: Vikings defense does its job, until it gets worn down

Remember when defense was the primary concern of Vikings fans? On Monday, the offense put forth a performance that was nothing short of putrid. Just amazingly inept.
Todd Hoffner, after losing his job as Minnesota State Mankato football coach in 2012 because of child pornography charges that were eventually dismiss

Scoggins: Journey from exile to exhilaration moves Mankato coach to tears

Todd Hoffner was fired after being arrested on child pornography charges that turned out to be unfounded. Now he's back and his Minnesota State Mankato football team is playing for a national title on Saturday.
Infielder Royce Lewis remains the top prospect in the Twins farm system, but the team has to consider trading him if it brings the top-line starting p

Scoggins: After raising the ante, Twins must make major splash

There's still time for the Twins to the kind of signing or bold trade that causes the rest of baseball to take notice and lets fans know that the organization really is all-in to win.
Said Gophers coach P.J. Fleck about playing in the Outback Bowl against Auburn: “The expectation changes. The level of competition changes. And I th

Scoggins: Plenty of meaningless bowl games, but not for Gophers

Perception. Visibility. A chance to notch a win against a respected opponent. That's ahead for the Gophers in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
After a 10-2 season with a bowl game yet to play, the Gophers' next step cannot be a ho-hum 7-5 season. Coach P.J. Fleck's challenge is to continue bu

Scoggins: Fleck's big task will be maintaining this season's energy

Gophers football has carried a fatalistic persona for too long. A well-earned persona established through heartbreak, flops and outright nonsense. But now the program has energy it must sustain.
Gophers players showed their disappointment after a 38-17 loss to the Badgers.

Scoggins: Gophers can't finish what they started in Big Ten West

Wisconsin left no doubt which side boasts the superior team in the 129th meeting of border rivals
Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck has guided the Gophers to within a game of a berth in the Big Ten championship.

Scoggins: No downplaying the stakes of this Gophers vs. Wisconsin battle

Perhaps it's hyperbole to label Saturday the most important game in program history, but the Gophers haven't played in the Rose Bowl since 1962, so this represents the biggest moment since the glory days.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan’s historic sophomore season belongs on any list of best or most surprising developments in college football this s

Scoggins: Gophers QB Morgan is the best kind of game manager

Tanner Morgan manages the game efficiently but not in the insulting manner that the label suggests. He's a conductor who makes a balanced offense hum by maximizing its star power at skill positions.
The Gophers' Rodney Smith (1) and Shannon Brooks (4), along with Mohamed Ibrahim, all are competitive and could be the No. 1 running back on most team

Scoggins: How one mop bucket best symbolizes U football right now

Here's a hint: The Gophers players care little about their individual stats compared to team success.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck watched his team in the first half at Iowa on Saturday.

Scoggins: Gophers' frustration runs high following a blown opportunity

It was failure at the worst possible moments at Kinnick Stadium, and the U did not look like a team that started off 9-0.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck and Athletic Director Mark Coyle posed for the cameras after Fleck was hired on Jan. 6, 2017.

Scoggins: How P.J. Fleck got the Gophers coaching job (but didn't get lunch)

Fleck walked into his interview carrying a basket filled with binders that had the Gophers logo on the front cover and "Minnesota Gophers" on the spine. Then he laid out his coaching vision in a Fleckian TED Talk.
Scoggins: How did Gophers offense go from struggling to superior? It's simple

Scoggins: How did Gophers offense go from struggling to superior? It's simple

Coach P.J. Fleck hears the same adjective used by rival coaches and other outsiders to describe his offense: Simple. Fleck insists he is not annoyed by that opinion.
Gophers defensive back Jordan Howden intercepted what would have been a touchdown pass intended for Penn State wide receiver KJ Hamler late in the fou

Scoggins: No denying it now, Gophers football program 100% legit

Largely ignored nationally before Saturday because of their strength of schedule, the Gophers stood up and made people take notice.
Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan (2) throws against Purdue during the first half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday

Pigskin Slingers Have Surprised: Both QBs Exceed Expectations

Tanner Morgan and Sean Clifford were promised only an opportunity to compete for starting jobs at their respective schools.
Gophers wide receiver Chris Autman-Bell (7) and wide receiver Rashod Bateman (13) celebrated Bateman's first-quarter touchdown against Maryland. Up ne

Scoggins: 8-0 Gophers vs. 8-0 Penn State. Who could ask for anything more?

A legitimate big game under a national spotlight, which, for those new to Gophers football, happens every half-century or so. Or so it seems.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins walked off the field after not being able to move the markers in the fourth quarter.

Scoggins: Vikings had everything in their favor, but blew it

Looking to assign blame for Sunday's loss? In all four phases of the game at Kansas City, the Vikings fell short.
Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes holds his leg after he was tackled by Colts defensive ends Kemoko Turay and Justin Houston on Oct. 6. Mahomes

Scoggins: Mahomes is tricky enough he might reappear against Vikings

Matt Moore or Patrick Mahomes? That's a fairly significant question for the Chiefs hanging over Sunday's game with the Vikings. And one that likely won't be answered until 90 minutes before kickoff.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders flashed a smile in the first quarter Sunday at Target Center.

Scoggins: Saunders shows Wolves his bite without cursing and screaming

Timberwolves followers have witnessed coach Ryan Saunders in the role of good cop for years. But how he would handle moments calling for stern action was an unknown entering this season
Gophers defensive backs Antoine Winfield Jr. and Chris Williamson celebrated following their 52-10 victory over Maryland on Saturday night.

Scoggins: Blowout victory sets up dream scenario for Gophers football

By throttling Maryland, the Gophers checked another box to set up a Nov. 9 showdown with Penn State, the biggest home game for the program since Michigan came to town on a Friday night in 2003.
Wild left winger Jordan Greenway kept control of the puck after dropping to the ice in the first period against the Canadiens on Sunday.

Scoggins: Wild might be bad, but tanking is not the solution

Apparently, reasonable people who love hockey and make an emotional investment in the Wild would cheer a terrible season if the tradeoff is the NHL's No. 1 draft pick.
Loons defender Ike Opara, who was a key acquisition by Minnesota United this season, shook hands with L.A. Galaxy pkayers after Sunday's playoff loss.

Scoggins: Loons made commitment to improve, and it has to continue

Minnesota United's debut appearance in the Major League Soccer playoffs should be viewed as an opportunity lost. A new standard now guides every decision.
Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson made a reception and ran the ball for a first down in the second quarter against Rutgers.

Scoggins: By taking care of business, Gophers alone in first in Big Ten West

The Gophers had a ragged start offensively but were never in danger of joining Wisconsin's plight before sprinting away in the second half.
Gophers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi was interviewed after practice recently.

Scoggins: Rossi's Gophers defense shows again that coaching matters

The Gophers are 9-1 since Joe Rossi took over as defensive coordinator last year, while Rutgers has been outscored 165-7 in four Big Ten games so far.
Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski had his best game Sunday in confounding the Eagles defense.

Scoggins: Vikings' Stefanski makes his mark with masterful game plan

Vikings players deserve credit for feasting on an Eagles defense that had vulnerable areas, but offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski's plan was a winner by being both creative and aggressive.
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks ran for a first down in the first half Saturday against Nebraska.

Scoggins: Gophers take big leap forward

The Gophers stood up and stood tall in delivering a mature performance that felt like a fork in the road. Big game, important moment and they pounced like a tiger stalking prey.
Coach P.J. Fleck has the Gophers off to their first 5-0 start since 2004.

Scoggins: Can the Gophers seize the moment?

In a bleak Twin Cities sports scene, the Gophers have a legitimate chance to start 8-0 and expand their following at a time when Minnesota sports fans could use a boost.
Jake Odorizzi’s final line against the Yankees on Monday night: Two runs allowed on five hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

Scoggins: Odorizzi stepped up when few Twins did

Jake Odorizzi supplied five solid innings that would have looked better if not for a defensive misplay and a solo home run that cleared the wall by inches.
Gophers running back Shannon Brooks slipped out of a tackle attempt by Illinois’ Delano Ware as he continued to churn out yardage in the third quart

Scoggins: Prolific Gophers ground game sets up passing attack

The abundance of praise directed at the Gophers wide receiver corps the first month of the season was well-earned. Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks proved Saturday they aren't too shabby themselves.
University of St. Thomas head football coach Glenn Caruso celebrated with his team after defeating St. John's in 2017 at Target Field.

St. Thomas wants to go Division I, gets invitation to Summit League

The University of St. Thomas made clear Friday that it intends to turn Division I in athletics, less than five months after being involuntarily removed from the Division III MIAC.
Twins catcher Mitch Garver now earns more strikes for his pitchers by honing his pitch-framing skills.

'I didn't wake up this good.' Garver's major makeover leads to historic season

Mitch Garver's emergence as a power hitter ranks at the top of the surprise developments that propelled the Twins to their 101-victory season.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins walked off the field after the loss to the Bears on Sunday at Soldier Field.

Scoggins: This was a putrid Soldier Field loss, even by Vikings standards

The problems begin, but don't end, with frazzled quarterback Kirk Cousins, now 5-27 against teams with a winning record.
Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman makes a catch in front of Purdue cornerback Dedrick Mackey on his way to a touchdown during the second half

Scoggins: Gophers go with what works vs. Purdue, and it works masterfully

The Gophers on Saturday ran a fast-break offense to perfection because their wide receiver corps is fantastic and Purdue's defense is the opposite of fantastic.
Thomas Barber is ending a run of family members that has spanned two generations and 42 seasons at the University of Minnesota.

After 42 years of Gophers football, Barber family's long run ending at the U

Twilight brings appreciation for the uniqueness of a family's bond to one program. Marion Barber, a star running back in the late 1970s, and his three sons have all been standouts in their own ways at the U.
Tyler Duffey celebrated the final out of an inning last month against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas.

Scoggins: Straight talk, data helps Duffey turn into red-hot reliever

Tyler Duffey's reclamation project is a testament to data-driven development under the Twins new front office and coaching staff led by pitching coach Wes Johnson.
Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano watched his first inning, three run homer sail to left field.

Scoggins: Bombas away! Sunday's game a glimpse at playoff strategy

The final regular-season game at Target Field served as a quintessential 2019 Twins game. Majestic home runs, lots of scoring and shaky starting pitching.
Minnesota Twins designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) was safe at home in the first inning after Kansas City Royals catcher Nick Dini (33) failed to make

Scoggins: Surprising Twins season got this fan to return to baseball

Work remains before the organization can spray beer as division champions, but this out-of-the-blue summer of bombas has served as a pivot point.
Receiver Tyler Johnson (6) and quarterback Tanner Morgan had that 3-0 look about them during the Gophers' victory over Georgia Southern.

Gophers are 3-0. But are they underrated or overrated?

The Gophers football team has a bye this weekend, giving us time to reflect on an interesting — to say the least — 3-0 start.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) fumbled the the ball in the second quarter.

Scoggins: Two games in, Cousins plays himself into a corner

In Green Bay, Kirk Cousins had a chance to alter the narrative attached to his Vikings tenure, that he wilts in big games. Instead, he reinforced that line of thinking.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers misread an official’s spot near the end of the first half, leading to a poor play call and a loss of possession. It wasn’

Scoggins: Rodgers overcomes error while Cousins makes inexcusable mistake

Aaron Rodgers' "what down is it?" blunder on Sunday was dumb. Kirk Cousins' "what was he thinking?" fourth-quarter throw was dumber.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan celebrated after his game-winning touchdown throw to Tyler Johnson

Scoggins: Gophers can't keep up their Houdini act

Should the Gophers apologize for winning or for being 3-0? No. But they should be concerned with how they got there.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) celebrated a sack with Everson Griffen in the second quarter against the Falcons on Sunday.

Scoggins: 'Nightmares' could power a Vikings dream season

If the Vikings are able to climb back into the NFL's top tier, they'll do so on the shoulders of their terrific defensive line.
Michael Pineda

Scoggins: Pineda's maddening mistake leaves Twins scrambling to fill massive void

Michael Pineda's feel-good comeback story screeched to a halt with news that he tested positive for a banned substance and will miss the rest of the season, playoffs included.
U.S. women's soccer national team star Carli Lloyd nailed a 55-yard field goal in August during a joint NFL practice with the Ravens and Eagles, which

Scoggins: If Vikings boot another kicker, why not try Carli Lloyd?

Here's a suggestion the next time that Vikings coach Mike Zimmer decides to change kickers: She's playing soccer at Allianz Field tonight.
Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman caught the ball for a touchdown late in the second quarter with South Dakota State safety Joshua Manchigiah in pu

Scoggins: On night of few good impressions, Bateman stands out

One game into the Gophers football season we know this: Rashod Bateman is a special talent. And the rest of the offense has a lot of work to do.
Minnesota linebackers Carter Coughlin, right, and Thomas Barber brought down Purdue quarterback David Blough during the third quarter last November at

Scoggins: Time to see if U's stunning defensive turnaround was for real

The Gophers fielded one of the worst defenses in college football last season until a switch in defensive coordinators for the season's final four games.
When it all began, Sept. 12, 2009, against Air Force, Gophers fans packed TCF Bank Stadium and made it lively. That game stands out in what is now a 1

Scoggins: TCF Bank Stadium, at age 10, still comes to life too rarely

Ten seasons in the books, well past the fresh scent stage, so we wondered whether that new heart has fulfilled its promise? Short answer: Mostly but not entirely.
Rookie Luis Arraez has shown uncommon ability to crack line drives to all fields. He’s notoriously hard to whiff, too, possessing an MLB-low strikeo

Twins rookie Arraez embraces challenge of living up to baseball's greats

After giving the rookie an intentional walk when his team played the Twins, Cleveland manager Terry Francona said Luis Arraez: "looks like a guy who's going to hit .330. He stands up there like Rod Carew. A little bit of Tony Gwynn."
Brusdar Graterol

Scoggins: Graterol's arm too electric for Twins not to give him a shot

Brusdar Graterol turns 21 next Monday. The Twins should give him one heck of a birthday gift at some point soon — a promotion to the big leagues.
The next GM that Wild owner Craig Leipold hires will have to make tough but definitive calls regarding the team’s future.

Scoggins: Leipold can't roll the dice on new Wild general manager

The Wild has been steady since its inception. But the operation now seems in disarray. And it's hard to know or make sense of what their plan exactly is.
Gophers offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca ran players through drills during practice Friday. Ciarrocca is back for his third season after declining

Scoggins: It was a rare 2 a.m. phone call Fleck was thrilled to receive

Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca had called Gophers coach P.J. Fleck hours earlier and told him that he was pretty sure he was leaving for another job. What happened and why?
Twins pitcher Kyle Gibson walked a career-high six batters in 4 1/3 innings on Thursday.

Scoggins: Twins needed stud performance from Gibson and got a dud instead

Fans booed loudly after Kyle Gibson walked back-to-back hitters in the fifth inning before manager Rocco Baldelli removed him from the game.