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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

Scoggins: Fisher-Saban feud shows wackiness in new era of college sports

Transfer portal and name, image and likeness deals have set college sports landscape ablaze.

Scoggins: Charge Twins with error for sending Lewis back to minors

A team that sits in first place demoted its hottest hitter and one of its most exciting players hours after watching him smash a double and a home run. Bad move.

Scoggins: Wild, Wolves have growing up to do after playoff flame-outs

Both teams had nice seasons. Both teams then won only two playoff games. They got to this step by passing bad teams. Now for the hard part: toppling giants.

Scoggins: Wild must make goalie change if it wants to beat the Blues

The Wild doesn't need cliches or cool slogans at this point. It needs a change at goaltender. Cam Talbot should start tonight's Game 6.

Scoggins: Buxton's transformation as a hitter: Overmatched to over the outfield wall

Few envisioned All-Star centerfielder Byron Buxton as a power hitter when he first arrived in the big leagues, but here he is.

Scoggins: One break opens floodgates, returns Wild to high gear

With the Blues controlling play early in Game 2, a broken stick sent the puck the Wild's way, and then the mood changed and the floodgates opened at the X.

Scoggins: Blame runs deeper than criticizing Wild's choice in goal

Coach Dean Evason chose Marc-Andre Fleury over Cam Talbot, but picking on the goaltender after such a sloppy performance by the entire team would be a lesson in scapegoating.

Wild players: Fractures, torn ligaments no match for Stanley Cup dreams

Wild players past and present acknowledged that sitting out the playoffs often doesn't feel like an option, with the coveted experience outweighing any injury.

Scoggins: Wild finally enters playoffs with high-end scoring threats

Expectations for the Wild are higher now that Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala offer potent threats on different lines.

Scoggins: Talbot or Fleury? Goalie debate shows Wild in good spot

Wild will need both goaltenders for a deep playoff run so don't lose your voice arguing about who's No. 1. Is there really even a need to have that debate?

Scoggins: Wolves' maddening losses are needed lessons for young team

Win or lose this playoff series, the Timberwolves are getting schooled on playoff basketball and how not to handle critical situations, which is valuable but hardly comforting.

Scoggins: Former All-Star Perkins finds value in Twins' new bullpen approach

Baseball has shifted from defined roles toward using the best reliever in the most pressure-packed late-game scenario, and he's fine with that.

Scoggins: Towns and Finch can't figure things out? They'd better — or Wolves are toast

Four shots for Karl-Anthony Towns in such an important game is unacceptable. He's not the first NBA star to draw double teams.

Scoggins: Can Wolves keep their emotions under control tonight in Game 3?

We've seen this pack of Wolves harness their energy and dominate, and we've seen them boil over and falter when they concern themselves with the officiating and not their opponent.

Scoggins: Collectively speaking, boosters must come through for U

'Collectives' typically led by well-funded boosters are facilitating financial deals in the new era of name, image and likeness payments to college athletes. The Gophers need one.

Scoggins: Amid the distractions, Edwards was the Wolves' superhero

With the playoffs slipping out of the team's grasp, the 20-year-old proved that no moment is too big and delivered for a success-starved franchise.

Scoggins: Finch strikes right tone in managing Wolves personalities

In his first full season leading the Wolves, coach Chris Finch has held players accountable while also being a "good friend."

Scoggins: Buxton at 'peace' on Opening Day, now seeks good health

After signing a seven-year contract in the offseason, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton is ready to do damage to opponents — and hopes to avoid damage to himself.

P.J. Fleck details facial surgery from 2019 bungee cord accident

Recent photos of the Gophers football coach have stirred questions about a change in his appearance. Fleck made his first comments about it in an interview Monday.

Scoggins: Staley strides onto mountaintop, and might stay there

The South Carolina coach became the first Black coach, man or woman, to win two Division I basketball championships. With Dawn Staley in charge, though, it feels like the Gamecocks are just getting started.

Scoggins: That night Paige Bueckers (probably) lost a shooting contest at Dave & Buster's

It was a little over two years ago when Bueckers was a high school senior, and disappointed that a chance at another state title was being wiped out by the first days of the pandemic.

Scoggins: First star turn of Final Four comes from South Carolina's Boston

Aliyah Boston showed why she was named national player of the year in Friday's first semifinal as she led the Gamecocks over Louisville with 23 points and 18 rebounds.

Paige Bueckers is right at home with the basketball world watching

The little girl from Hopkins shooting buckets in the gym is now a supernova, trying to win her first national title in her hometown. At the Final Four, all eyes will be on her.

Scoggins: Paige 'Buckets' returns — and she's bringing UConn home to Final Four

Each time the ball left her fingertips, swish. One after another. All clutch shots, all necessary, all carrying the weight of a storied program's expectations.

Scoggins: Chasing UConn. 'The rest of us are trying to get there'

As his team prepares to face UConn and former Hopkins star Paige Bueckers tonight for a Final Four berth, North Carolina State's coach laid out the challenge facing his team and others.

Scoggins: Injury scare aside, Paige Bueckers shows she's getting back up to speed

The UConn standout from Hopkins had a strong performance in her quest to return to the Twin Cities for the Final Four.

Scoggins: By making big moves, Minnesota suddenly becomes the 'Gopher-It State'

There has been a disruption to our sporting senses and order — and that's a good thing. The bold acquisitions in the last week by the Twins, Wild and Vikings deserve nothing but praise.

Scoggins: CCHA commissioner gets it right with awkward 'play on' call

Ruling by former Gophers coach Don Lucia in conference final forces Minnesota State Mankato, after OT goal is overturned, to return to the ice to finish victory over Bemidji State for NCAA bid.

Scoggins: Brashness and swag make Wolves watchable winners

The Timberwolves are winners who instigate and show grit, emotion and joy, a combination long overdue with the team that calls Target Center home.

Scoggins: Wilfs want Vikings to be 'super-competitive.' Is that realistic?

The team's salary cap quagmire has created dueling agendas that make ownership's win-now objective a tug-of-war with reality.

Scoggins: He beat heartbreak, made a friend, became a champion — all in one day

Minnesota State Mankato wrestler Darrell Mason will never forget Saturday, the day he lost a loved one and won a national title.

Scoggins: After 25 years, Austin's amazing coach leaving tired of the grind

'Coach' is merely Kris Fadness' title. Everything he's done to transform the basketball program at Austin High School is seen in how he's cared for his players and how they look to him.

Scoggins: In 'prove it' game against Calgary, Wild's strong effort not enough

The fast, rugged Flames looked built for the playoffs, so can Minnesota find an identity to counter that?

Call her Captain: Edison wrestler Nari Miller puts it all on the mat

Fifty years ago, Miller wouldn't have been encouraged to compete in sports. Today, because of Title IX, Miller is pursuing a state championship. She has enabled her own success — and the success of others as captain of the Edison High School wrestling team.

Scoggins: Wolves slept through NBA trade deadline, and here's why I'm OK with that

These Timberwolves aren't going to hang a banner this spring, but let's see where this thing can go.

Scoggins: Words from wise Mpls. coach need to be heard across NFL

The NFL needs more leaders of color "in the room." As the Rooney Rule falters, the Vikings hired a Black general manager, and a seemingly fair coaching search followed. More of this, please.

Scoggins: Soccer in subzero temps is silly, but rowdy fans made most of it

Did the U.S. team really need bone-chilling weather to defeat an overmatched Honduras side? If so, the national program should re-evaluate things.

Scoggins: Shot! Goal! ... Punch? Wild coaches have a ball with joyful brawls

If the NHL called roughing minors on the benches, the Wild's Dean Evason would lead all coaches in penalties and minutes.

Scoggins: Wilfs going where no NFL team has gone before in hiring GM

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, an Ivy Leaguer with an investment analyst's mind, will call the shots for a pro football franchise. The Vikings need a shake-up, and they're getting just that.

Scoggins: Johnson has Gophers competing like crazy, and a culture is taking root

The Gophers men's basketball team, severely depleted, once again made up for their limitations Saturday in an improbable victory over Rutgers.

Scoggins: Elephant in the Vikings interview rooms wears No. 8

There could be one more "get rid of him" decision to make about the quarterback, but the Vikings and their new football bosses need to be patient and explore Kirk Cousins options.

Scoggins: With franchise going stale, Wilfs had to change course

The Vikings owners made the correct call after eight years with Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman had the team no closer to a championship.

Scoggins: 'I don't care about records.' Zimmer didn't help Jefferson chance to set one

A fitting end: The coach who likely will be fired denied the best and most popular player on the team an opportunity to break a record held by an all-time great.

Scoggins: In business and basketball, St. Thomas standout Bjorklund finds success

Parker Bjorklund gave up basketball to run his own social media business. He's back on the court and one of St. Thomas' best players after a two-year hiatus.

Scoggins: Can Wilfs rebuild the operation? That's the big question for Vikings

It's time for the Vikings to make changes at general manager and head coach. How will the Wilfs handle that? It's the top question for the franchise.

Scoggins: Bungled offense tops long list of what's gone wrong for Zimmer

The 2021 Vikings suffered from a failure in coaching, personnel and leadership, which should give ownership clear guidance in determining its next move.

Scoggins: Saying goodbye to the toughest person I know: Mom

I've watched some of the world's most powerful humans compete for 30 years. Yet the strongest person I ever knew was the one I had the privilege of calling Mom.

More than scores, 'Football Across Minnesota' all about the stories

We were searching for a new way to cover football at all levels throughout Minnesota. Columnist Chip Scoggins took on the challenge and introduced us to a host of remarkable people and their stories.

Scoggins: Guerin's vision for Wild coming to fruition in goal scoring and wins

The Wild is averaging nearly four goals per game and, into Friday's games, had an NHL-high 19 wins and 39 points.

Scoggins: Roethlisberger goes from easy prey to hungry hunter

Ben Roethlisberger looked like a way-past-his-prime heavyweight fighter hanging on for one last payday. Then he looked like a Hall of Famer in leading Pittsburgh's almost-successful comeback.

Scoggins: Spielman deserves as much criticism as Zimmer from fans

They are partners running the football side of the Vikings. Don't separate Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman in your critiques of team leadership.

These five painful decisions by Mike Zimmer led to one brutal loss

Football Across Minnesota: How did the Vikings lose to the winless Lions? Let's count the ways. But while the Vikings were faceplanting on the road, an important game was being played in their home.

Scoggins: St. Thomas men's hoops look the part in move to D-I

After jumping from Division III, the Tommies are holding their own against nonconference Division I teams with a tougher schedule ahead in the Summit League.

Scoggins: Fleck (and I) have seen enough. U's offense must change.

Mike Sanford Jr. had to go. And as P.J. Fleck now shops for a new offensive coordinator, he also needs to reexamine his own philosophy. Tanner Morgan deserves that.

'They can't stop it': How old-school run games led to 3 state titles

Football Across Minnesota: Lakeville South, Hutchinson and Dassel-Cokato ran, ran and ran some more on their way to state titles. And get ready, Gophers fans, for roster comings and goings.

Scoggins: Title shot gone, Fleck still had Gophers ready to beat Badgers

Emotionally, mentally, physically, Minnesota was ready to retake the Axe. The Gophers took the fight to their biggest rivals in a performance that put their best version on display.

Scoggins: Morgan tries to cap difficult senior season with second swing of the Axe

Tanner Morgan helped the Gophers defeat Wisconsin as a freshman but has shouldered the disappointment of losing back-to-back games to the Badgers.

How 'Why did they call that play?!' became Minnesota's most common question

Football Across Minnesota: Play-calling has been the dominant topic for Gophers and Vikings fans this fall. Plus: Mankato West's undefeated, unbelievable season; St. John's preps for a playoff rivalry; and a St. Thomas senior who listened to his parents.

Scoggins: Gophers take advantage of the gift of playing lowly Hoosiers

The offense reasserted itself in the wake of back-to-back losses that cost the team control of its own destiny to win the Big Ten West.

Scoggins: How the mysterious transfer portal worked 'perfectly' for U linebacker Gibbens

What does it feel like to enter your name into the NCAA transfer portal? How does it work? Chip Scoggins spoke with standout linebacker Jack Gibbens about his experience.

Scoggins: Secret? No, it's common sense. Throw Jefferson the dang ball

Mike Zimmer and Klint Kubiak sounded like it was a big deal to acknowledge the need to get Justin Jefferson more involved in the offense, an admission that caused armchair coordinators to mutter, "Well, duh."

Next chapter: A longtime college coach retires to chase new dreams

Football Across Minnesota: Tom Sawyer arrived at Winona State as a linebacker in the late 1970s and became a fixture as the school's football coach and good guy around town. There's no doubt he'll keep that second role.

Scoggins: Gophers burned by Fleck's approach, Morgan's misfires

By settling for field goals and declining to take risks Saturday in Iowa City, Minnesota once again watched the Hawkeyes parade Floyd of Rosedale.

Scoggins: Verdict on Gophers season again comes down to beating Iowa, Wisconsin

P.J. Fleck is 0-4 against Iowa and 1-3 against Wisconsin, but the Big Ten West has never been more winnable for the Gophers than it is right now.

Scoggins: Cook case reeks of media manipulation and rush to judgement

We don't know what happened in the 2020 domestic violence incident. We do know that Tuesday night showed clearly the power and pitfalls of social media.

Back to school: Two ex-Vikings try entry-level coaching as career move

Football Across Minnesota: Michael Floyd and Mike Harris want to know: Is coaching my next big thing? They're getting an education in entry-level jobs at two St. Paul colleges.

Bethel quarterback helps others 60 hours a week — and also leads an elite team

Football Across Minnesota: Jaran Roste is one of the MIAC's top QBs. But what really sets him apart is the time he spends with a Bethel University program mentoring students with learning disabilities.

Scoggins: Offense reverts to old, bad habits during inexcusable defeat

The Vikings embarrassed themselves in a prime-time undoing Sunday night that cranks the heat up on Zimmer's job status by a considerable degree.

Scoggins: Birthday milestone — 50! — is good time for reflection and AARP wish list

When you wake up and realize you've spent half your life covering sports in Minnesota.

Scoggins: Time for the Vikings' investments in defense to pay off

A dose of impending reality greeted the Vikings upon returning to work this week: Dak Prescott. Lamar Jackson. Justin Herbert. Aaron Rodgers.

Three surgeries and stroke can't stop 25-year-old Mankato linebacker

Football Across Minnesota: Eli Thomas couldn't walk away from football. Not until he gave himself one last chance to put on pads and return to the field, even if the whole idea sounded ludicrous.

Scoggins: Gophers' O-line and D-line both overpower Terrapins

When a team dominates in the trenches, it usually wins. A simple formula P.J. Fleck's team followed.

Scoggins: For Gophers, Big Ten West is suddenly up for grabs

Iowa's loss last week to Purdue opened a lane for the Gophers and others in a race that has just begun.

Scoggins: The 'Ant Show' was electric in Wolves season-opening victory

Anthony Edwards put on a show in the opener. His 21 first-half points turned the arena into a house party, not a normal vibe for Target Center. Edwards forces you to pay attention.

A week behind the scenes with the state's best prep football team

Football Across Minnesota: Chip Scoggins was granted access to Minnesota's No. 1 high school football team during a week where adversity found them.