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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: Moving football to spring hurts in football-crazy Hutchinson

Spring football won't have the same aura towns like Hutchinson have come to embrace. It's still football, and that's better than nothing, but you can understand the disappointment players felt Tuesday.


Scoggins: Can the NFL really get through season without a bubble?

This is how the NFL intends/hopes/prays to make pandemic football succeed, in the absence of a bubble: The honor system and self-policing. How realistic is that?


Scoggins: Most entertaining hitters? Look at oldest and youngest Twins

Born 17 years apart, Nelson Cruz and Luis Arraez are also very different hitters who consistently deliver in their own way; one mashes, the other slashes.


Scoggins: White Sox 2020 season buzz looks legitimate

With a mix of young and veteran talent, the White Sox could contend in the AL Central for years.


Scoggins: Looking for a sure thing this uncertain season? Twins can still hit

A familiar theme emerged on Opening Day of the strangest season in the 60 years of the Twins' existence that allows for one definitive statement that promises to hold up.


Scoggins: Baldelli's Bomba Squad 2.0 is potent top to bottom, inside-out

Lineup options abound for the 2020 Twins. And it's a lineup that looks even more formidable than the one that launched an MLB-record 307 home runs and scored a franchise-record 939 runs.


Scoggins: Pandemic baseball is weird (but better than no baseball)

Chicago's Wrigley Field, a place revered for its rollicking party scene, was quieter than solitary confinement during Wednesday's game between the Twins and Cubs.


Scoggins: Vikings better not let Zimmer's contract be yet another distraction

What is the harm in adding two years to Zimmer's contract? From a purely business perspective, that equates to a severance package if ownership ultimately chooses a new direction, not an unbreakable marriage.


Live free, pitch free: Welcome to Sergio Romo's wacky Twins universe

Baseball scouts showed little interest in the Twins reliever out of high school or college because he's smallish in size with a fastball that lacks sizzle. Yet he's in his 13th MLB season with three World Series rings and an All-Star appearance on his résumé.


Scoggins: Tommies vs. Gophers? That's not what big move is all about

Division I makes sense for St. Thomas for a variety of reasons. So what impact will that move have on University of Minnesota sports teams? Very little, initially.