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Chip Scoggins

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Chip Scoggins is a sports columnist and enterprise writer for the Star Tribune. He previously covered the Vikings, Gophers football, Wild, Wolves and high school sports in nearly 19 years at the paper.


Scoggins was born in Missouri but moved to Tennessee when he was only a few months old and lived there until he was 20. He graduated from the University of Missouri with a journalism degree. He worked at newspapers in Texas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Chicago before joining the Star Tribune in 2000.
Recent content from Chip Scoggins
“Coaching is having fun with kids and making them feel welcomed and wanting to be here,” Nolan Desjarlait says. “My job is to keep them moving.�

Red Lake Nation football team hasn't won a game in years, but its coach keeps kids undefeated

They often play against opponents with twice as many players. Sometimes, coach Nolan Desjarlait wonders how he keeps doing it. The answer always comes: "I refuse to give up on them."
Wolves guard Anthony Edwards scored 29 points, but also made an impact on defense with five steals, three blocked shots and disruptive on-ball pressur

Scoggins: KAT-less Wolves need Edwards to play, lead like an MVP

Anthony Edwards had that look he displayed so often last season, a look of determination from a competitor about to unleash like a tsunami. The Timberwolves are going to need that now.
Quarterback Jaran Roste leads Bethel on the field, and stays quite busy off of it.

A big delay, then a big win; former Gophers QB leads another winner

Football Across Minnesota: Bethel's surprising playoff victory came 30 hours after landing in Oregon. Bryan Cupito has found a new football love in Minneapolis: the Phelps Falcons. More on P.J. Fleck's "you all" comment, Justin Jefferson's greatness and more.
Gophers quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis handled a snap against Wisconsin in the first half Saturday.

Scoggins: New QB Kaliakmanis delivered for Gophers' new offense

Freshman quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis played with skill and poise Saturday as the Gophers focused on the pass and kept Paul Bunyan's Axe.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck saw his team complete just one pass in the second half of last Saturday’s 13-10 loss to Iowa.

Scoggins: Fleck's old-school offense needs star upgrade before next year

The Gophers had a prolific, balanced offense in 2019 but have turned one-dimensional and stubbornly remains that way.
Thursday’s game against the Patriots will tell how good a job Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell did in preparing his team to bounce back from the Dall

Scoggins: Vikings appear ready for Patriots. If they are, credit O'Connell

In his first real test, first-year coach Kevin O'Connell needs to set the tone this week after the Dallas Debacle. If he succeeds and the Vikings win ... what Dallas Debacle?
Bemidji’s Brandon Alt is one of the top quarterbacks in NCAA Division II.

This record-breaking QB-receiver combo got started in third grade

Football Across Minnesota: Longtime friends Brandon Alt and Brendan Beaulieu are behind Bemidji State's big-time success. Also, brutal weekend for Vikings and Gophers. A delayed weekend for a solid Prep Bowl.
P.J. Fleck reacts after an Iowa interception late in the fourth quarter Saturday

Scoggins: Fleck's choice of cautious play calls over boldness backfires again

This loss, P.J. Fleck's sixth in six games against Iowa, belongs in the category of self-inflicted, not the result of being overmatched by a superior team.
P.J. Fleck is 0-5 against Iowa during his tenure as Gophers head coach, but he has Minnesota on a three-game winning streak.

Scoggins: Here's how Fleck, 0-for-Floyd, can end Iowa's streak

The Gophers have won three in a row and are still hunting a Big Ten West title. To keep that goal, they'll need to change how they've handled the Hawkeyes' strengths.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins, shown with a sideline tablet in 2019, is an avid watcher of film.

Scoggins: Vikings are rolling, and rolling the tape is big part of success

The line that separates winning and losing is incredibly thin, so coaches and players spend hours upon hours analyzing video. Here's a look at how they do it and how it has changed.
Two J guys who had a very good day Sunday: Justin Jefferson and Star Tribune photographer Jerry Holt.

Jefferson's catch: Legends and local stars weigh in with amazement

Football Across Minnesota: Cris Carter, Larry Fitzgerald Jr. and an area high school standout are among those wowed by Justin Jefferson's incredible catch. Plus: St. Thomas and its title, and a prep player who won't come off the field.
Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) broke a tackle by Northwestern Wildcats defensive back A.J. Hampton Jr. (11) during the first half Saturday.

Scoggins: Let's all appreciate Ibrahim as record-setting career winds down

Another three touchdowns on Saturday against Northwestern further burnished Mohamed Ibrahim's stature as one of the Gophers' all-time greats.
More Athan Kaliakmanis under center? That should be the Gophers’ plan for Saturday, Chip Scoggins writes.

Scoggins: Fleck should give QB keys to Kaliakmanis right now

For all the good that Tanner Morgan has brought to Gophers football, it's time now to turn the offense over to Athan Kaliakmanis. The freshman opens up the offense, and more time this fall will pay off in 2023.
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins, shown celebrating the team’s 20-17 victory over the Commanders at FedEx Field on Sunday, said the team has “a li

Scoggins: How are Vikings 7-1 after all those close losses in the past?

Skeptics continue to attribute the Vikings' record to gale-force gusts over-inflating how good the team truly is. That presumption misses a larger point.
Bethel freshman cornerback Devin Williams intercepted a two-point conversion pass Saturday and raced 100 yards for a score.

When you need a 100-yard dash to put your team in the title game ...

Football Across Minnesota: A rare "Pick Two" helped the Royals get to the MIAC championship game and avoid a shocking upset. In Mankato, a team leader who once had the NFL in his sights is determined to write his own ending.
Newly acquired Viking T.J. Hockenson leads NFL tight ends with 15.2 yards per catch.

Scoggins: Vikings seized moment in mediocre NFC with Hockenson trade

The Vikings took a look at their 6-1 record, the calamity in the NFC North and mediocrity throughout the entire conference and did the math. It added up to this trade.
St. John’s tight end Alex Larson celebrated with students after scoring a touchdown in the team’s season opener.

From high school hoops to St. John's end zones to . . . the NFL?

Football Across Minnesota: Alex Larson is hoping to complete a successful and unusual journey from prep basketball at East Ridge to pro football by way of the Division III football power at St. John's.
St. Michael-Albertville is one of a growing number of Minnesota high school football teams that use large TV monitors on the sideline.

How big screens and high-tech have reshaped state's football coaching

Football Across Minnesota: Sideline huddles now feature big-screen TVs. Tackle Cancer is one of the most important initiatives in all of Minnesota football. And how quickly things have changed for the Gophers and Vikings.
Penn State defensive end Amin Vanover pressured Gophers quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis during the first half Saturday in State College

Scoggins: Gophers' grand plans falling apart before our eyes

A third straight Big Ten loss exposed the issues in a Gophers team suddenly struggling to execute their game plan.
Gophers forward Matthew Knies celebrated after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime against North Dakota on Friday

Scoggins: In game befitting heated rivalry, Gophers rally behind powerful Knies

Mason Nevers scored the equalizer late in the third period, and Matthew Knies posted the overtime game-winner against North Dakota in front of 10,418 at 3M Arena at Mariucci.
Deron Johnson adjusted his radio as he listened to and watched the Gophers football game Saturday on his farm in Hector.

State's farmers are in the fields, but won't miss action on the fields

Football Across Minnesota: Harvest is a day-and-night, time-consuming operation throughout Minnesota. But farming and following football from the tractor is a longstanding tradition that has been aided by technology.
Bloomington Jefferson freshman Ethan Glynn, recovering on Oct. 6.

Bloomington football player remains positive despite paralysis

Football Across Minnesota: Jefferson freshman Ethan Glynn insists on a "glass half full" outlook as he rehabilitates in Colorado from his spinal cord injury. "I'm just so thankful," he said.
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, shown here in 2016, never brought the Wild close to the Stanley Cup and left them with salary cap issues that need to be d

Scoggins: Stanley Cup? Wild's season looks more like 'competitive rebuild'

Plans for this season sound an awful lot like GM Bill Guerin's need to extricate the Wild from the albatross buyouts of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter while remaining relevant.
The Gophers took Paul Bunyan’s Axe from the Badgers last fall, in what will be Paul Chryst’s final axe game.

Scoggins: In Madison, Lincoln and everywhere else, college sports change shifts into warp speed

Patience? Long gone. Now, no matter the cost, change will come quickly if you don't win or if you fall behind in one of the new arms races in college sports.
Football guys: Scott Underwood just needs a team (any team), and Zach Jakes just needs a position (any position).

One can coach anywhere, one can play anywhere: Meet Underwood and Jakes

Football Across Minnesota: Scott Underwood lost his job in the oddest of ways, but he's found a new team to lead. Meanwhile, the most versatile player in Minnesota is Zach Jakes of Gustavus.
Gophers running back Trey Potts was tackled by Purdue cornerback Bryce Hampton in the first quarter Saturday.

Scoggins: Gophers implode in first loss as self-inflicted mistakes pile up

Looking lost from the start, the Gophers were dominated at the line of scrimmage and couldn't match Purdue's execution.
Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca worked with the Gophers quarterbacks last month, including starter Tanner Morgan (2).

Scoggins: Fleck puts pride aside to make one of his best calls with Gophers

Offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca left P.J. Fleck and the players after the epic 2019 season for Big Ten rival Penn State. Why welcome him back after that?
Chris Paddack, acquired in the offseason but injured and out for the season by May 10, was representative of the Twins’ pitching problems.

Scoggins: Yes, injuries hurt Twins. But team needs to make fundamental changes

The Twins just announced plans for new uniforms and a huge scoreboard. Is it too much to ask for some rebranding of the actual baseball product?
Rosemount players celebrated knocking off No. 1 Eden Prairie last Thursday.

Football families to know: traveling Erdmanns, Gophers chain gang

One way to celebrate a big upset of the No. 1 team is to fly to Europe to watch more football. And get to know the guys manning the sticks on Gophers sidelines.
Max Shikenjanski of Stillwater will need to choose between playing football for the Gophers or playing basketball in college.

How quickly can Vikings pivot? Football or hoops for Stillwater QB?

Chip Scoggins' weekly report: Stillwater QB Max Shikenjanski has a decision to make. Can Kevin O'Connell adjust the team's plans quickly after a beatdown. A big game for two elite small-college teams.
Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell had little to look pleased about Monday night.

Scoggins: After a feel-good week, Vikings fall from happy to hapless

The easy connections to Justin Jefferson, defense's containment of Aaron Rodgers don't come close too being replicated by the Minnesota Vikings against the Eagles.
New Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell greeted players during pregame warmups during his successful — and relatively stress-free — debut last weekend

Scoggins: Decisions under pressure is how NFL coaches make mark

Real-time, high-profile choices in the heat of the moment can go badly. Just ask Denver's Nathaniel Hackett about last Monday night's field-goal choice.
Welcome back to Football Across Minnesota.  The first 2022 report from Chip Scoggins features a historic high school stadium, an update on Gophers tea

Farewell, old stadium; a life-saving update, and embracing optimism

Football Across Minnesota's 2022 debut zooms in on a big change in Owatonna, a heartwarming Gophers reunion and how there's so much to like about football at all levels.
Danielle Hunter and Za’Darius Smith celebrated a sack in the first quarter vs. the Packers.

Scoggins: Hunter, Smith flex muscles in debut of their 'Edge Department'

After raising a considerable amount of hype prior to the season, Danielle Hunter and Za'Darius Smith wreaked havoc on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Gophers starting quarterback Tanner Morgan had plenty to smile about Saturday: 14 of 18 passes for 287 yards with one touchdown before taking a seat m

Scoggins: U takes right approach in airing it out vs. inferior foe

Minnesota got an opportunity put the passing game through its paces in a rout of Western Michigan, which could bode well for the future.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan completed 13 of his 19 passing attempts in the season opener against New Mexico State.

Scoggins: Fleck shouldn't treat passing game as an afterthought

P.J. Fleck will never deviate from his identity as an old-school, run-the-ball-down-their-throats coach. For the Gophers to reach their potential, however, this is a year to expand his thinking.
In action and word, Kevin O’Connell has done little to show his plan for the Vikings.

Scoggins: Who are Kevin O'Connell's Vikings? The big reveal is coming Sunday

We think we've picked up a few things about the 2022 Vikings during training camp. But here's the thing we don't know: A lot.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck led the Gophers onto the field before last season’s win against Maryland.

Scoggins: Year 6 for Fleck has the elements for a successful title run

The roster is entirely all his recruits. The culture has taken root. Expectations and standards are understood. Growing pains have given way to stability.
Georgia head coach Kirby Smart celebrated with fans after beating Alabama 33-18 in the College Football Playoff Championship Game on Jan. 10, 2022.

Scoggins: Imagine college football 10 years from now, after latest changes

To gaze into the future and envision how college football might look and function a decade from now, it's constructive to look back in time 10 years ago.
Quarterback C.J. Stroud and Ohio State get a difficult early test when the Buckeyes face Notre Dame on Sept. 3.

Must-see games in college football this season

A top-five matchup — Ohio State vs. Notre Dame — grabs the nation's attention on the first Saturday night of the schedule.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, threw 47 touchdown passes with only seven interceptions as a sophomore last seaso

Star power: Players to watch in college football

A short but strong list starts with the returning Heisman winner and a top contender for this year's trophy.
People and teams to watch this college football season (clockwise from top right): Nick Saban and Alabama; Georgia defensive tackle Jalen Carter; Big

15 thoughts on the college football season from Chip Scoggins

It starts with a predictable top five. From there, keeping track of teams, conferences and players will be anything but.
Kevin O’Connell and a band of assistants watched the preseason game Aug. 20 against San Francisco.

Scoggins: Latest hot trend in sports? Too many coaches to count

Bud Grant had four assistant coaches with his 1967 Vikings. Kevin O'Connell has . . . a lot more. But head coaches say there's a good reason for having so many more coaches.
Asked about his motivation at age 33, Vikings safety Harrison Smith said, “Winning. That’s what I’m chasing.”

Scoggins: Harrison Smith says inner fire chases only one thing. 'Winning'

Asked about his motivation at age 33, Vikings star safety Harrison Smith doesn't pause long enough to take a breath. "Winning," he said. "That's what I'm chasing."
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren

Scoggins: Big Ten's Warren being aggressive inside college sports shifting landscape

More conference expansion and sharing the wealth of a new media rights deal are both on the table.
Longtime Twins broadcaster Dan Gladden, the left fielder for both of their world championship teams, in his “sanctuary.”

Still hustling: Twins broadcaster Gladden carries work ethic from his playing days

A two-time World Series champion, Dan Gladden will go into the team's Hall of Fame on Sunday.
Former Gophers football coach Glen Mason, pictured in 2005.

Three Gophers highlights from the Glen Mason era

Mason went 64-57 at Minnesota from 1997 to 2006. Here were the best moments of that era for Gophers fans.
Former Gophers football coach Glen Mason spoke at Marion Barber III’s memorial service on June 22.

Scoggins: Mason's vision fundamentally changed U football

Glen Mason never coached at Huntington Bank Stadium, but he paved the way for it.
Miguel Sano batted .083 in 20 games this season for the Twins.

Scoggins: Sano's years with Twins end with apathy. What went wrong?

Miguel Sano's quiet exit with a damaged left knee after 13 years with the organization leaves an awkward dance among team, veteran player and a fan base that already has turned moved on.
Gophers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi spoke to linebacker Braelen Oliver during practice last August at Huntington Bank Stadium.

From teen coach to U coordinator, Rossi's strength is eye for detail

He started studying film as a 12-year-old football player and was an assistant peewee coach in ninth grade. Now, Joe Rossi is leading a Minnesota defense that was among the nation's best in 2021.
Los Angeles Dodgers announcer Vin Scully, with wife Sandra Hunt, waved to fans after the team’s 10th-inning victory against the Colorado Rockies on

Scoggins: Four stories of meeting Vin Scully show he was one of a kind

Talking with the legendary broadcaster was an unforgettable experience that showed his unique ability to connect.
Barely hours into his retirement, Larry McKenzie greeted the crowd at the All-Metro Sports Awards banquet on Wednesday.

Scoggins: Retirement? Not really. McKenzie plans to change focus to coaching coaches

Larry McKenzie's impact has long been felt by the athletes he led. Next he'll strive to help the men and women who do the work he did.
Danielle Hunter, left, and Za’Darius Smith struck a pose as Vikings outside linebackers coach Mike Smith fooled with them Wednesday at the TCO Perfo

Scoggins: New BFFs Hunter, Smith hold key to rescuing Vikings defense

The two have been inseparable on the field since spring workouts. See one, see the other: New besties who hold the key to the Vikings' quest to resurrect their defense.
Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah as training camp opens: “This team had a good baseline to start. We tried, on the margins, to correct som

Scoggins: Vikings overhaul may come down to say less, win more

We should have a final verdict on the Mike Zimmer era by season's end. Was he holding the Vikings back, or holding an aging core together the best he could?
Chesson Hadley hit off the 11th tee during Friday’s second round of the 3M Open at TPC Twin Cities.

Scoggins: Hadley hopes final round clinches tour spot, makes up for struggles

Chesson Hadley has missed the cut 14 times this season, including eight tournaments in a row. But a batch of recent top ten finishes has put him in a sweet spot to succeed.
Minnesota Twins' Carlos Correa is pictured in the dugout before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Seattle. The

Scoggins: Trading Correa would be an insult to the spirit of competition

A first-place team trading an elite player? Why are we even having this debate? Carlos Correa should remain a Twin, and get a big contract offer to keep him here beyond this season.
Jose Miranda of the Twins hit a three-run, walk-off home run against the Brewers at Target Field on Wednesday

Scoggins: With help from dad — and Carlos Correa — Jose Miranda has arrived

After struggling to stay disciplined at the plate early this season, the Twins rookie infielder has been one of baseball's hottest hitters over the past two weeks.
Incoming Gophers men’s hockey freshman Jimmy Snuggerud was picked 23rd overall by the St. Louis Blues.

Scoggins: Motzko sees something 'special' after strong NHL draft showing for Gophers

Five of Bob Motzko's future Gophers players were taken in the 2022 NHL draft to join the already star-studded roster.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) drove into Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) while heading to the rim in the third quarter. ] JE

Scoggins: Finch goes mad scientist talking about new Twin Towers

Pairing big men Karl-Anthony Towns and Rudy Gobert, while most NBA teams are going small will either be a bold stroke or a miserable fail. But it's a gamble worth taking.
Quarterback Tanner Morgan might be the most visible player on the Gophers football team, but he supports a name, image and likeness platform that  spl

Scoggins: U football players taking endorsement deals into own hands

At least 75 players have signed on to be part of what they're calling the "Twin Cities NIL Club," which expects to debut later this month. Here's how it all came together.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren pleaded for stability a year ago, but this past week he decided to cause an earthquake to college sports’ foundati

Scoggins: Big Ten bursting coast-to-coast ends 'Power Five' era

Are you ready for the Power Two era? It's coming, whether we like it or not.
Financial constraints prompted Wild General Manager Bill Guerin, left, to trade winger Kevin Fiala, a 33-goal scorer last season. Guerin hopes talente

Scoggins: With Fiala gone, Wild must find ways to fill big role he played

Fans and hockey experts can debate whether the Wild received enough compensation for Kevin Fiala. But keeping him wasn't an option for GM Bill Guerin.
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Eight Minnesota women on what's next in the fight for gender equality in sports

Title IX's 50th anniversary is an opportunity to challenge current thinking and continue the fight for fairness in sports.
Sen. Birch Bayh of Indiana in 1968, four years before he would author what we now know as Title IX.

Scoggins: 'Father of Title IX' changed sports with one magic word: Activity

Birch Bayh wrote the 37 words that make up Title IX. His widow, Katherine Bayh, reflects on his life and legacy.
Rick Aberman

Scoggins: Sports psychologist sees progress in mental health awareness but more needed

Rick Aberman, an early champion for helping struggling athletes, is still combating the stigma. "We're still not hitting the mark," he said.
Mike Rallis was a college football linebacker in 2010, playing for the Gophers. Today, you know him as the WWE’s Madcap Moss.

Scoggins: Madcap Moss? Ex-U football player wrestling tonight at Target Center

Mike Rallis left the U with degrees in marketing and management. But he needed to learn a new set of skills, including how to use a steel chair, to make a smash as a professional wrestler.
Joseph Fahnbulleh reacted during the 4x100 meter relay during the NCAA championships last week in Eugene, Oregon.

Scoggins: Fastest man in NCAA track? Meet Joseph Fahnbulleh of Hopkins

Fahnbulleh established his dreams at Hopkins High School and has been fulfilling them at the University of Florida, where the program is the gold standard in college track.
Woodbury native Jackson Carver worked out at the Training Haus facility in Eagan last week.

One year of football, dozens of offers for prospect from Woodbury

Jackson Carver had no time for football until his senior year of high school. Now he has Division I offers from more than 30 schools, including some of the nation's most elite programs.
Twins shortstop Carlos Correa, with Royce Lewis being out at least 12 months with an injury, should be signed to a long-term contract.

Scoggins: Lewis' injury means Twins should pay up to keep Correa

Carlos Correa is a superstar who seems to be enjoying his time with the Twins. The Pohlads should sign him to a multiyear contract, however much money it takes.
After his Gophers career, Marion Barber III was a powerful and popular NFL running back, mostly in Dallas.

Scoggins: The Marion Barber III you didn't see was as special as the player

Barber's teammates loved him because he was one of the guys, always cheerful, always laughing. He had little interest in being treated as someone special despite being a star.
Dorothy McIntyre was a pioneer when she helped run the Minnesota State High School League and posed for a portrait at her home in Edina, Minn. McIntyr

The pioneering women who started equality fight in Minnesota sports

For the 50th anniversary of Title IX, Minnesotans at the forefront recall the early battles for gender equality in athletics that have changed the face of the world.
Ricardo Fernandez and 13-year-old Preston Miller held the ball they both used for an ace Thursday at Minneapolis Golf Club.

Scoggins: 1 ball, 1 day, 2 golfers, 2 aces — a wacky hole-in-one tale for Minnesota golf lore

On a gorgeous Thursday at the Minneapolis Golf Club, the luckiest ball in golf history landed in the cup after one shot — twice.
Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) and guard D'Angelo Russell (0) celebrate a basket against the Chicago Bulls in the second quarte

Scoggins: To-do list for new Wolves boss: Keep Towns, replace Russell

Signing star Karl-Anthony Towns to a 'supermax' contract is an easy call. Finding a replacement for streaky guard D'Angelo Russell will be a tougher (but necessary) task for Tim Connelly.
The new-look Twins mugged for the camera during spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., in March. From left, Gary Sanchez, Max Kepler, Luis Arraez, Jorge

Scoggins: Is a happy team a consistently winning team?

Minnesota's top pro teams have become a Hallmark card. We're used to witnessing tension, dysfunction, schisms and nonsense.
Relief pitcher Jhoan Duran is one of only four Twins pitchers to reach 100 mph on the radar gun since 2008.

Scoggins: 100 mph club 'a life goal' among baseball's exclusive places

Since pitch speeds began being officially tracked in 2008, only four Twins pitchers have hit that mark — and a couple on the current roster have come tantalizingly close.