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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: Pitino must address the Gophers' poor shooting liability

Saturday's home loss further exposed a glaring Gophers basketball deficiency that can only be fixed in recruiting. They took 23 three-point shots, made only five and the offense deteriorated.


Scoggins: Pitino's weekend of joy included too many moments of sorrow

Richard Pitino watched his team play its best game of the season at a largely silent Barn. Then he almost teared up watching his 9-year-old daughter play in her game.


Scoggins: A Grimm look at broadcasting sports 300 miles from the action

Gophers men's basketball voice Mike Grimm has four camera angles on his monitor when calling road games, and hopes one is clear enough to show who has the ball.


Minnesota teams pledged $40M for justice. Where is it going?

George Floyd's death spurred aggressive commitments of financial support and team involvement. Recipients sense a new desire from owners and athletes to create genuine relationships that go deeper than in the past.


Scoggins: It's time College Football Playoff expands to eight-team field

Reruns are for sitcoms, not sports. Now after Alabama has yet another national title, let's freshen up the field and invite more than the same small set of power schools each year.


Scoggins: Wild's changes met with excitement, not trepidation

Bill Guerin's roster makeover rings of a major shift from business-as-usual for the organization.


Scoggins: Zimmer's legacy as Vikings coach hinges on this offseason

The Wilfs should start by issuing an edict to their coach and GM Rick Spielman: Missing the playoffs again next season won't be acceptable.


Scoggins: Towns needs to lead Wolves' defensive revival

Karl-Anthony Towns, so skilled and important, needs to stop being awful on defense for the team to have a chance at being successful.


Scoggins: After all those mistakes, Gophers suffer well-deserved loss in Madison

Even when the Badgers seemed intent on gift-wrapping the Axe to the Gophers with one of the most bizarre play-calls you'll ever see, Minnesota did nothing with it. This was a game of failed execution.


Scoggins: In this border battle, former Gophers player backs the Badgers

It took some getting used to but former Gophers football player Ron Mertz has all his support behind son Graham, the starting quarterback at Wisconsin.