Staff Directory 6370598

Chip Scoggins

Columnist | Sports
Phone: 612-673-4484

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
Play-by-play man Mike Grimm used four remote video feeds — some less fuzzy than others — in a room at TCF Bank Stadium to call last Sunday’s Gop

Scoggins: A Grimm look at broadcasting sports 300 miles from the action

Gophers men's basketball voice Mike Grimm has four camera angles on his monitor when calling road games, and hopes one is clear enough to show who has the ball.
Randall Smith is hopeful that his car detailing business will be aided by a $250,000 donation from the Vikings.

Minnesota teams pledged $40M for justice. Where is it going?

George Floyd's death spurred aggressive commitments of financial support and team involvement. Recipients sense a new desire from owners and athletes to create genuine relationships that go deeper than in the past.
Alabama running back Najee Harris scored a touchdown against Ohio State during the second half of the College Football Playoff national championship g

Scoggins: It's time College Football Playoff expands to eight-team field

Reruns are for sitcoms, not sports. Now after Alabama has yet another national title, let's freshen up the field and invite more than the same small set of power schools each year.
Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu were Wild mainstays, but Staal, 36, is now with Buffalo and Koivu, 37, is playing for Columbus.

Scoggins: Wild's changes met with excitement, not trepidation

Bill Guerin's roster makeover rings of a major shift from business-as-usual for the organization.
Coach Mike Zimmer watched the second-half action as the Vikings battled the Lions in Detroit on Sunday.

Scoggins: Zimmer's legacy as Vikings coach hinges on this offseason

The Wilfs should start by issuing an edict to their coach and GM Rick Spielman: Missing the playoffs again next season won't be acceptable.
Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) tried to muscle through Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns last season.

Scoggins: Towns needs to lead Wolves' defensive revival

Karl-Anthony Towns, so skilled and important, needs to stop being awful on defense for the team to have a chance at being successful.
Wisconsin linebacker Leo Chenal (45) sacks Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan during the second half

Scoggins: After all those mistakes, Gophers suffer well-deserved loss in Madison

Even when the Badgers seemed intent on gift-wrapping the Axe to the Gophers with one of the most bizarre play-calls you'll ever see, Minnesota did nothing with it. This was a game of failed execution.
Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz, son of former Gophers player Ron Mertz.

Scoggins: In this border battle, former Gophers player backs the Badgers

It took some getting used to but former Gophers football player Ron Mertz has all his support behind son Graham, the starting quarterback at Wisconsin.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck will be allowed to spend more money on football scholarships, per NCAA rules and Mark Coyle’s looming decision.

Scoggins: Giving Gophers football special treatment right call, even if it looks unfair

Other Gophers head coaches heard "No" on extra scholarship spending this year. P.J. Fleck will hear "Yes." That decision is necessary if the university wants to keep pace with other schools.
Gophers quarterback Tanner Morgan threw a pass during the first half of Saturday’s game at Nebraska.

Scoggins: Gophers' Morgan shows passing skill that Huskers' Martinez lacks

The Gophers asked their QB to throw when necessary. The Huskers avoided that option.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck.

Scoggins: College football taking on pandemic, in retrospect, worthy of a few cheers

Everyone is making sacrifices right now. College athletes included.
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson celebrated his 20-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter as Jaguars free safety Jarrod Wilson, center, and J

Scoggins: Final act will define this strangest of Vikings seasons

With a record of 6-6, things feel like ... what, exactly? Not a lost cause but not raging optimism as the Vikings prepare for the final four games of the regular season.
The Vikings had an undeniable mismatch Sunday when Justin Jefferson was covered by Jaguars cornerback Luq Barcoo.

Scoggins: Vikings should target passes to Jefferson more, more, more

However many times rookie receiver Justin Jefferson gets targeted each game — that number was 12 on Sunday vs. Jacksonville — it's probably not enough.

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.