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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
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.
Texas A&M football coach Jimbo Fisher, right, called Nick Saban a “narcissist” Thursday after the Alabama coach made “despicable” comments abo

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.
Royce Lewis rounded the horn Tuesday after homering against the A’s in Oakland.

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.
After promising seasons, the Wild’s goalie situation now is a mess while the Timberwolves showed their playoff inexperience especially in fourth qua

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.
St. Louis Blues' Robert Thomas (18) celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal past Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot (33) in overtime of an NH

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.
Byron Buxton hit a home run against the Oakland Athletics in the bottom of the fifth inning Friday

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.
Fans stood for team introductions Tuesday in Game 2 of the NHL playoffs between the Wild and St. Louis Blues.

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.
Minnesota Wild goalie Marc-André Fleury blocks a penalty shot by Ivan Barbashev (49) of the St. Louis Blues in the first period Monday, May 2, at Xce

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.
Ryan Carter, shown here sprawled on the ice in 2015 with the Wild, said playing through pain is just part of the NHL playoffs.

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.
Kirill Kaprizov celebrated his overtime power-play goal to beat Calgary with fellow Wild forward Kevin Fiala on Tuesday.

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.
If Wild fans see a lot of both Marc-Andre Fleury and Cam Talbot this postseason, that would be a good thing.

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?
This series against Memphis, win or lose, should make Karl-Anthony Towns a better, wiser competitor in future playoffs.

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.
Twins relief pitcher Jhoan Duran and catcher Gary Sanchez celebrate a win against the Mariners on April 11

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.
Karl Anthony-Towns walked off the court after Thursday’s game.

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?

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.
The Texas Longhorns are into the collective business with a group that promises $50,000 to each scholarship athlete each year for making charitable ap

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.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) celebrates with the fans including Los Angeles Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue during an NBA basketb

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.
Timberwolves coach Chris Finch and guard Jaylen Nowell discussed strategy in a December game at Target Center. In his first full season, Finch has man

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."
Center fielder Byron Buxton has struggled with injuries during his time with the Minnesota Twins.

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.
Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck and his wife, Heather, watched during the program’s annual pro day in front of NFL scouts on March 16.

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.
Dawn Staley is taking a Target Center net back home to South Carolina.

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.
UConn guard Paige Bueckers participates in a Final Four open practice held Saturday at Target Center

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.
South Carolina forward Aliyah Boston (4) worked against Louisville’s Olivia Cochran in Friday’s first semifinal at Target Center.

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

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.
Paige Bueckers was elated as Connecticut got past N.C. State in double overtime to reach the Final Four.

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.
North Carolina State coach Wes Moore directed his team Saturday during a Sweet Sixteen victory over Notre Dame.

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.
UConn guard Paige Bueckers was helped up off the court during the first quarter of Saturday’s game against indiana in Bridgeport, Conn.

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.
Splashy recent acquisitions by the Twins, Vikings and Wild — teams sometimes reluctant to make big moves or spend big dollars (clockwise from left:

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.
Minnesota State Mankato players celebrated on the ice Saturday night after Josh Groll (12) scored in overtime to beat Bemidji State for the CCHA title

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.
Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell shoots against Bucks guard Jevon Carter, left, and center Serge Ibaka (25) during the second half Saturday

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.
Vikings co-owners Zygi, left, and Mark Wilf speak after a news conference introducing Kevin O’Connell as the team’s head coach in February.

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.
Darrell Mason won a Division II national title for Minnesota State Mankato.

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.
Austin head coach Kris Fadness talked things over with the team as Agwa Nywesh leaned over the white board to clarify one of the coaches directions du

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.
Mikael Backlund of the Flames gets tangled up with Cam Talbot, Connor Dewar (52) and Jon Merrill (4) of the Wild in the third period

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?
Nari Miller watches her teammates wrestle before her own match Friday, Feb. 4, 2022 at Edison High School in Minneapolis, Minn.

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.
Anthony Edwards having fun with Timberwolves fans has become a common sight this season.

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.
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, left, and Kevin O’Connell: soon-to-be coworkers, important ones, for the Vikings.

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.
Fans bundle for the frigid game between U.S.A and Honduras Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Allianz Field in Saint Paul, Minn.   ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@

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.
Wild head coach Dean Evason can appear calm on the bench, letting assistants such as Brett McLean, lower left, handle huddles. But if the team scores

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.
Vikings general managers, future and past: Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, left, formerly of Cleveland, and Rick Spielman, fired after the 2021 season.

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.
Gophers coach Ben Johnson is building something real at a program that has been dormant far too long.

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.
The Vikings’ new football bosses will have a decision to make: Keep or get rid of quarterback Kirk Cousins.

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.
Mark Wilf, left, and Zygi Wilf, co-owners of the Minnesota Vikings, watched warm-ups from the sidelines before the team’s game against Pittsburgh on

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.
Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson was brought down after catching a pass from Kirk Cousins in the second quarter Sunday.

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.
St. Thomas forward Parker Bjorklund scored 21 points in Thursday’s game against Oral Roberts.

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.
Mark Wilf, left, and Zygi Wilf, co-owners of the Vikings, watched warm-ups from the sidelines before their team played the Steelers on Dec. 9.

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.
Sean Mannion (14) is sacked by Rashan Gary (52) of the Green Bay Packers in the second quarter.

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.
Ken and Judy Scoggins. Chip’s father and mother.

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.
Chip Scoggins and Star Tribune photographers were granted special access to the Lakeville South football team this fall to document a week behind the

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.
Bill Guerin

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.
Sheldon Richardson of the Vikings sacked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on Thursday night.

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.
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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.
“Obviously our backs are to the wall,” Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said after losing to the Lions.

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.
St. Thomas men’s basketball coach Johnny Tauer has guided his team to a 3-4 start against fellow Division I teams.

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.
The next offensive coordinator for Gophers coach P.J. Fleck, right, should be tasked with finding a better run/pass balance and diagramming pass conce

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.