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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: With Saunders gone, Wolves mess now belongs to Rosas

There is no one but Gersson Rosas to blame if the team doesn't soon show significant improvement. The firing of Ryan Saunders means the team's punching bag has been removed.


Scoggins: Gophers second-half play against Illinois an embarrassment

The rest of this season feels doomed. Maybe the Gophers can rally and find a spark, but what evidence is there that something unexpected is right around the corner?


From South America to Wirth Park, the trail of a world-class skier

Eduardo Arteaga moved from Venezuela to Minneapolis, discovered winter and became a world-class skier. He's in Germany competing in the Nordic World Ski Championships.


Scoggins: Can't even tell if Gophers are overachieving or underachieving

The Gophers men's basketball team has completed three-quarters of its season, and never has one of Richard Pitino's squads been this maddening to figure out.


Scoggins: Twins look good again on paper, but a higher bar is in play

If the Twins stay relatively healthy they should be in contention to three-peat the Al Central division title. But are they constructed in a way that makes them a legitimate World Series contender?


Scoggins: Super Bowl champ Johnson celebrated on sweet day in north Minneapolis

Buccaneers rookie receiver and former Gophers star Tyler Johnson added another chapter to his story, one we should keep repeating for all ears (especially the young ones) to hear.


Scoggins: Some pandemic-driven changes in sports are worth keeping around

Some rule changes in sports in response to COVID-19 have improved the product, so much so that some should be permanent, not temporary, when life returns to "normal."


Scoggins: Top draft choice's illness is reality check on athletes and COVID

The news hit with a somber jolt when the Wild announced that first-round draft pick Marco Rossi had returned to Austria to recover after experiencing complications from COVID-19.


Scoggins: Two communities come through for athletes to show us what's possible

When coaches in southern Minnesota were quarantined by COVID, players dressed the part and in filled in. In northern Minnesota, parents created a special night to recognize an opponent's star player.


Scoggins: Gophers fans need to get used to annual rumors for Fleck's departure

A young, energetic coach that has a good track record? Yes, other teams are going to express their interest in hiring him.