Scoggins to become new Star Tribune sports columnist

Vikings beat writer Chip Scoggins will soon be named the Star Tribune’s next sports columnist. Management isn’t quite ready to announce the ascension, but it’s happening, according to three sources with knowledge of the promotion.

Chip Scoggins
Chip Scoggins

None of the current columnists is losing a gig; Scoggins will write two to three columns a week plus do “enterprise” features for the section.

Current Strib NFL writer Mark Craig will do more Vikings stories with beat writer Judd Zulgad, though Craig will still do some league stuff.

Why add another columnist? The Strib’s highest-profile opinionators all have encumbrances of some sort. Sid Hartman is a nonagenerian. Patrick Reusse is still a great read, but he’s a part-timer with officially divided loyalties; some of his best stuff ends up on the 1500 ESPN website. Jim Souhan has also chased the TV (FSN) and radio (1500 ESPN) dreams, and his columns are often more quip collections than bulldog reporting.

Scoggins is known as a story machine, and he’s expected to get more reporting into his columns. He’s covered teams other than the Twins and Vikings, so his pieces should range more broadly than local sports’ Big Two.

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Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Madeline Anderson on 07/20/2011 - 09:50 am.

    Souhan is unreadable and unlistenable. Another one of former Strib editor Anders Gyllenhaal’s columnist mistakes. Second only to Katherine Kersten.

  2. Submitted by Jason Walker on 07/20/2011 - 11:32 am.

    Great to have another columnist to read. Congrats to Chip.

  3. Submitted by Donn Satrom on 07/21/2011 - 09:13 am.

    Sorry Madeleine, but Souhan is great — whether in print or on radio. StarTrib columnists are what give that paper a huge edge over PiPress. Scoggins should be another good addition.

  4. Submitted by steve dressel on 07/21/2011 - 02:38 pm.

    Sorry Donn, I have to agree wholeheartedly with Madeline. Souhan is a cliche-machine; his stories have little originality and I rarely feel like he has enlightened me with any new sports ideas. Good sportswriters make you think a little bit and maybe even create a strong reaction. Reusse is good at that. The Strib sports section is popular because they usually get the scoop on breaking stories and offer a bigger section. People equate that with quality writing (sorry Sid and Souhan). I do like Chip Scoggins; he’s a good writer.

  5. Submitted by Jim Meyer on 07/22/2011 - 11:27 am.

    Given the choice, I’d rather be tagged a nonagenarian than a mere quip collector. Score one for Sid against younger guys who have trashed talked the man publicly for years, with some cause, and certainly without shame.

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