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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.
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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.
Seats were taped off to meet social distancing needs before the start of the NWSL Challenge Cup on Saturday in Herriman, Utah.

Scoggins: Positive tests dim hopes about the return to sports

The surge of COVID-19 cases in different states — including Florida, where the NBA, WNBA and MLS will be based — has cast new doubt about whether sports can pull this off.
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.
Fans held up a BombaSquad sign in the first inning of Game 3 of the Twins' American League Division Series vs. the Yankees in October. Baseball has no

Scoggins: When the games come back, will you be there?

Sports executives are busy sorting through scenarios that would allow games to start again. They're trying to piece together timelines without an expiration date. How will ticket holders respond?
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.
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.