Chip Scoggins | Star Tribune
Columnist/Reporter | Sports

Chip Scoggins is a sports columnist and feature writer..


Scoggins: Bridgewater video is Vikings' subtle message of optimism

The Vikings wouldn't have released that Teddy Bridgewater video if they didn't feel reasonably optimistic about his progress.


Scoggins: Equipment man 'Matty' ensured Gophers stayed stocked with laughs, essentials

As Gophers equipment manager for nearly five decades, Dick Mattson became a beloved character who provided colleagues a vault of tales, some too colorful for print.


Minnesota is turning into a youth basketball hotbed

An explosion of year-round basketball for all ages has made Minnesota a prime source of top talent


Jim Petersen: From St. Louis Park to NBA, back when MSHSL banned summer AAU ball

That scenario wouldn't happen today, of course, because premier players attend national showcases all summer. Athletic secrets don't exist in the internet age.


One-on-one time often part of training for young basketball players

More kids, even before high school, are seeking private instruction from former college and professional basketball players to improve their skills.


Scoggins: Gophers' chance on Allister as young softball coach pays off

Jessica Allister proved that sometimes the fifth choice is the right choice, as evident by the transformation of Gophers softball under her leadership.


Scoggins: NCAA looks at Gophers' 54-3 softball record and just shrugs

How did a committee of softball experts look at the Gophers' historic season and decide they don't deserve to host a regional as a top 16 seed? Did they forget a secret handshake or something?


Scoggins: Gophers AD Coyle earns high marks in first year full of turmoil

Mark Coyle's first year in charge of Gophers athletics witnessed a staggering amount of crisis management, important decisions and change.


Scoggins: Former Gophers football star Barber getting degree at age 57

Marion Barber Jr. promised his mother as a teenager that he would graduate from the University of Minnesota. On Thursday, he will receive his diploma at age 57.


Scoggins: Sherels, Thielen offer Vikings tryout players some hope

Marcus Sherels and Adam Thielen began their NFL careers with no guarantees and no money. So they're telling new undrafted free agents there's a chance.