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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.


Scoggins: Gophers' frustration runs high following a blown opportunity at Iowa

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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.