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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.


Red Lake Nation football team hasn't won a game in years, but its coach keeps kids undefeated

They often play against opponents with twice as many players. Sometimes, coach Nolan Desjarlait wonders how he keeps doing it. The answer always comes: "I refuse to give up on them."


Scoggins: KAT-less Wolves need Edwards to play, lead like an MVP

Anthony Edwards had that look he displayed so often last season, a look of determination from a competitor about to unleash like a tsunami. The Timberwolves are going to need that now.


A big delay, then a big win; former Gophers QB leads another winner

Football Across Minnesota: Bethel's surprising playoff victory came 30 hours after landing in Oregon. Bryan Cupito has found a new football love in Minneapolis: the Phelps Falcons. More on P.J. Fleck's "you all" comment, Justin Jefferson's greatness and more.


Scoggins: New QB Kaliakmanis delivered for Gophers' new offense

Freshman quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis played with skill and poise Saturday as the Gophers focused on the pass and kept Paul Bunyan's Axe.


Scoggins: Fleck's old-school offense needs star upgrade before next year

The Gophers had a prolific, balanced offense in 2019 but have turned one-dimensional and stubbornly remains that way.


Scoggins: Vikings appear ready for Patriots. If they are, credit O'Connell

In his first real test, first-year coach Kevin O'Connell needs to set the tone this week after the Dallas Debacle. If he succeeds and the Vikings win ... what Dallas Debacle?


This record-breaking QB-receiver combo got started in third grade

Football Across Minnesota: Longtime friends Brandon Alt and Brendan Beaulieu are behind Bemidji State's big-time success. Also, brutal weekend for Vikings and Gophers. A delayed weekend for a solid Prep Bowl.


Scoggins: Fleck's choice of cautious play calls over boldness backfires again

This loss, P.J. Fleck's sixth in six games against Iowa, belongs in the category of self-inflicted, not the result of being overmatched by a superior team.


Scoggins: Here's how Fleck, 0-for-Floyd, can end Iowa's streak

The Gophers have won three in a row and are still hunting a Big Ten West title. To keep that goal, they'll need to change how they've handled the Hawkeyes' strengths.


Scoggins: Vikings are rolling, and rolling the tape is big part of success

The line that separates winning and losing is incredibly thin, so coaches and players spend hours upon hours analyzing video. Here's a look at how they do it and how it has changed.