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Chip Scoggins

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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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Former Gophers running back Laurence Maroney joked he would return to college for endorsement money.

Scoggins: College athletes should get paid for use of their name, image or likeness

Allowing athletes to benefit from their names and images in a way that can be monitored by compliance offices will not ruin college sports.
One idea that has gained steam in national media reports calls for the college football season to be delayed until January or February. Would the Goph

Scoggins: Current college football ideas make no sense at all

Games in empty venues without fans might represent the first step for some sports. But that model doesn't work for college football for some very simple reasons.
TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney, left, was selected by the Vikings in the first round.

Scoggins: Zimmer has three new cornerbacks to develop for NFL play

To no surprise, the Vikings drafted two cornerbacks with their first four picks and three in the top eight. Mike Zimmer must nurture development in a group of youngsters, with no formal offseason very likely.
In this still image from video provided by the NFL, Justin Jefferson, right, smiles while watching the draft after being selected by the Vikings.

Scoggins: Good start for Vikings but circumstances make job tougher

The Vikings had an impressive first night of the NFL draft. Rick Spielman likely needs to find three immediate starters from this draft class. That's a tall order under normal circumstances. Nothing is normal right now.
Columnist Chip Scoggins walked the Oak Marsh course with Jake Minnig (pictured) on Monday in Oakdale. The fresh air did both of them good.

Scoggins: A good walk not spoiled: Golfer, reporter escape confinement

Overcast skies, 44 degrees, gusty wind. Folks in other states call this football weather. In Minnesota, it's golf season, and a little spring chill probably felt like Malibu.
A weekend scene at Columbia Golf Course in Minneapolis.

Heading to the course? Take these precautions

The Minnesota Allied Golf Association provided this guide for playing golf under the current conditions.
Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns, mother and son, are shown together here when Towns was a rookie, in 2016.

Scoggins: Give Towns a victory amid his pain by listening to his words

It was Karl-Anthony Towns' most impactful act as a member of the Wolves because his video has been viewed nearly 2 million times in the face of a global crisis.
Fans have lamented the loss of the start of the MLB season as they peered into a gated Target Field.

Scoggins: Special breed of longtime, dedicated fan waits for Twins' return

Baseball is a communal activity for all ages. But for many senior citizens, a ballgame often serves as a primary social connection or simply a lovely way to pass the time.
TCF Bank Stadium

Scoggins: Gophers' athletic budget concerns signal restructuring of college sports

The COVID-19 pandemic already has taken a bite out of sports revenue in universities across the country. If it lingers long enough to eradicate the football season, colleges will face difficult decisions.
Hopkins High School football field lit up on Monday night, one of about 220 schools around the state that turned on stadium lights to honor students a

Scoggins: 'We're here. We see you. We love you.' State's schools light the night

Throughout Minnesota on Monday night, high school stadiums and athletic fields were illuminated -- many of them for 20 minutes and 20 seconds -- in a show of support for spring athletes, seniors and communities where the pandemic has altered lives.
Gophers coach P.J. Fleck is planning without panicking for whatever comes.

Scoggins: Fleck staying dynamic, connected - and safe - at home

Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck, never one to sit still for long, is making the most of being quarantined to his home during a vital part of the offseason. "We are a very creative staff," he said.
Four Gophers are preparing for the NFL draft in unconventional ways because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clockwise, from upper left: Safety Antoine Winfi

Scoggins: Gophers' NFL draft prospects having to adjust on the fly

The coronavirus outbreak is turning the draft process into a throwback way of doing business. Coaches and scouts are having to trust their eyes and judge a player by how he performed in games.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.