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Chip Scoggins

Chip Scoggins is a Star Tribune sports columnist. He previously covered the Minnesota Vikings for four years, starting in 2008. In addition, he covered college football for five years. Chip has been with the Star Tribune since January 2000. He can be followed on twitter at @chipscoggins.

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Scoggins: Gophers defense performs stunning about-face

Minnesota defensive back Jacob Huff stopped Purdue running back D.J. Knox during the second quarter

Pick any superlative and it applies to the performance put forth by a unit that became so overwhelmed and deflated that P.J. Fleck had no choice but to fire defensive coordinator Robb Smith this week.


Scoggins: Falvey, Levine making a mistake by firing Molitor

Former Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor

Unless there were personality clashes behind the scenes that we're not privy to, this move doesn't make sense, other than Derek Falvey and Thad Levine wanted their own hand-picked manager.


Scoggins instant reaction: Vikings should be embarrassed by this flop

Bills quarterback Josh Allen dives over the pile for a touchdown in the 2nd quarter.

The Vikings looked totally and utterly unprepared to play in a 27-6 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Listed as 16½-point favorites, the Vikings played as poorly as any team could possibly look in digging a crater in the first half.


Scoggins: Coughlin, Winfield, quarterbacks among Gophers to watch

Linebacker Carter Coughlin

There are a lot of subplots to the Gophers' season opener against Buffalo. Here are a half-dozen players to keep an eye on during the game.


Scoggins: Superfan from New York checks off Vikings bucket list item

Scoggins: Superfan from New York checks off Vikings bucket list item

Jonathan Donath, a New Yorker who grew up in St. Louis Park, can rattle off the six most memorable days of his life in a matter of seconds.


Gophers' Rodney Smith: Etiquette, fashion and life under Fleck

CORRECTS DATE - Minnesota NCAA college football running back Rodney Smith speaks at Big Ten Media Day in Chicago, Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

Among other things, Gophers running back Rodney Smith talked about how things have changed under coach P.J. Fleck away from the football field.


Despite not being used, Wheeler enjoys 'cool moment' of MLB call-up

It's unclear how long his stay will last, but Jason Wheeler savored his first opportunity in the big leagues after being in the minors since 2012.


Mike Sherels to receive Courage Award as recovery continues

Mike Sherels to receive Courage Award as recovery continues

Former Gophers football captain and coach will be honored for overcoming dire medical problems.


Scoggins: Mason, Gophers struggle on big stage

Middle Tennessee State's Edward Simpson (11) reacts after making a three-point basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball tournament f

Nate Mason had a nightmarish outing as the Gophers looked disjointed for all but a brief spurt late in the second half Thursday.


Scoggins: My game-day prediction: Gophers win

Guard Nate Mason

Gophers defense should help them advance in the NCAA Tournament. Reggie Lynch must stay out of foul trouble and Nate Mason needs to play like a first-team All-Big Ten selection.


New Gophers coach Fleck doesn't retain linebackers coach Sherels

Minnesota's Linebackers coach Mike Sherels was on the field for warm-up before Minnesota took on the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, Octo

Mike Sherels said Saturday morning that new Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck has informed him that he won't be part of his coaching staff. But Sherels remains hopeful that he will find a spot on Fleck's staff eventually.


Scoggins: Fleck should keep Sherels on Gophers staff

Minnesota's Linebackers coach Mike Sherels was on the field for warm-up before Minnesota took on the Iowa Hawkeyes at TCF Bank Stadium, Saturday, Octo

Linebacker coach Mike Sherels embodies everything about Gophers football. He loves this program, this school and this state.


Scoggins: Fleck brings track record, not just slogans

Western Michigan head coach P.J. Fleck runs onto the field with his team before the Mid-American Conference championship NCAA college football game ag

Fleck's Row The Boat mantra and quirky motivational tactics will draw a lot of attention, but we shoudn't lose sight of something else.


Scoggins: Targeting penalty on Gophers' Rallis remains baffling

The Big Ten should review all targeting penalties before imposing discipline. The Gophers will be without senior linebacker Nick Rallis for Saturday's first half at Nebraska because of a questionable call.


Scoggins blog: Coaching carousel churns in college football

LSU fired Les Miles after a loss to Auburn dropped the Tigers to 2-2. The school came close to firing Miles late last season reportedly at the urging

Les Miles fired at LSU four games into season.


Scoggins: Louisville's Jackson becomes talk of college football

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) avoids the tackle form Florida State defensive end DeMarcus Walker (44) during the third quarter of an NCAA c

Quarterback Lamar Jackson has emerged as a Heisman frontrunner and the talk of college football in leading Louisville to No. 3 in the AP poll this week.


Scoggins: Drafting Kendricks and Hunter continues to pay dividends

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Eric Kendricks (54) returns an intercepted pass 77 yards for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in the second half

The decision that changed the Vikings opener didn't come Sunday, but when the organization drafted Eric Kendricks and Danielle Hunter in back-to-back rounds


Scoggins: Things to watch in opener start with Leidner, of course

Season openers always bring extra intrigue because it's our first look at new players, new schemes and whether returning veterans made any discernible improvement.


Scoggins: Former Gophers assistant coach remembers Summitt's influence

Tennessee Coach Pat Summitt watches her players during the team's practice session on March 19, 2004 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Jody Adams played point guard for Pat Summitt on the 1991 national championship team and was a Gophers assistant from 1997-2000. She's now the women's coach at Wichita State and wrote a tribute to her mentor.


Scoggins: Stewart's state tournament streak continues with Lakeville North

Buffalo's Zach Daiker pulled down a rebound over Drew Stewart during class 4A quarterfinals in 2014.

Lakeville North senior has participated in nine consecutive state tournaments in three different sports