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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: 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


U interim offensive coordinator Simon calls the right shots

Against Auburn's vaunted defense, the Gophers offense piled up nearly 500 yards.


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.


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.


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.