Mark Wiedmer (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6390
Mark Wiedmer started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press on Valentine's Day of 1983. At the time, he had to get an advance from his boss to buy a Valentine gift for his wife. Mark was hired as a graphic artist but quickly moved to sports, where he oversaw prep football for a time, won the "Pick' em" box in 1985 and took over the UTC basketball beat the following year. By 1990, he was the newspaper's lead sports columnist, a title he still holds today after a couple of Tennessee Sports Writer of the Year awards and a box full of other honors. He joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Mark hails from Hopkinsville, Ky., and graduated from Centre College. Contact Mark at 423-757-6273. or

Wiedmer: Kentucky football players should sue coach Mark Stoops for nonsupport

Published Sep. 25 2017

The lead sentences were almost certainly already written late Saturday night inside Kentucky's Commonwealth Stadium (sorry, I just can't bring...

Wiedmer: Elliott Berry's lone solo tackle most important of Vols' win

Published Sep. 24 2017

Thank goodness for Elliott Berry.

Wiedmer: Will little things ultimately make big difference in UTC's season?

Published Sep. 20 2017

In four seasons as the head football coach of his alma mater, NCAA Division III member John Carroll, Tom Arth...

Wiedmer: UT coach Butch Jones needs a big win in a hurry

Published Sep. 19 2017

There's an old joke about a Georgia Tech football fan heading out to the mall one Saturday and realizing he...

Wiedmer: Falcons officially begin Mercedes-Benz era in style

Published Sep. 18 2017

Despite the Atlanta jersey she wore, the Falcons logo painted on her right cheek and the bag she was carrying...

The Swamp survived Irma, visit from Vols

Published Sep. 17 2017

Former Tennessee punter Ron Widby never faced Florida during his three years (1964-66) as a member of the Volunteers' varsity.

Wiedmer: UT nightmares increasingly 63 yards long

Published Sep. 17 2017

Cheer up, you despondent, dispirited, depressed, disturbed and disgusted University of Tennessee football fans.

Wiedmer: Late Central coach Stan Farmer was one of a kind

Published Sep. 15 2017

Who writes a book about a lifelong high school football assistant coach?

Wiedmer: Mocs-Skyhawks a 'measuring stick' for both programs

Published Sep. 13 2017

This is the week we begin to learn just what this University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team can become.

Wiedmer: Irma's effects mean more than UT-UF football

Published Sep. 12 2017

The words were honest and blunt. As he answered questions from the media following Tennessee's 42-7 football victory over Indiana...

Wiedmer: Needless gamble early put Titans on the defensive

Published Sep. 11 2017

Right up until the opening kickoff, the start of the 2017 NFL season couldn't have gone much better for the...

Wiedmer: Enigmatic Vols need focus for Florida

Published Sep. 10 2017

Thanks to a preposterously easy 91-yard opening kickoff return for a touchdown by true freshman Ty Chandler, it took the...

Wiedmer: McCallie's Bill Cherry the epitome of teacher and coach

Published Sep. 9 2017

Bill Cherry had a game plan that late summer in 1970. He was going to work at McCallie School for...

McCallie easily runs past Webb, 49-22

Published Sep. 9 2017

Football teams from Knoxville apparently have a hard time defending the run this season.

Wiedmer: Grit and grind alone won't win Vols the SEC East [photos]

Published Sep. 6 2017

No matter when you read this column, more than 24 hours have passed since the Tennessee Volunteers pulled off their...

Wiedmer: Vols win is definitely one for the ages [photos, video]

Published Sep. 5 2017

It was a coaching decision based on desperation, inspiration or maybe a little of both.

Wiedmer: Win or lose tonight, Vols probably can't top Bama this year

Published Sep. 4 2017

Like most college football teams this time of year — at least the half who won Saturday's games — Tennessee...

Wiedmer: Bama again looks ready for CFP title run

Published Sep. 3 2017

You couldn't play a college football game in a more technologically advanced, 21st century marvel than shiny new Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Wiedmer: Are Vols enough better to again win eight games?

Published Aug. 31 2017

"We got a lot better as a football team."

Wiedmer: A sobering look at growing boys

Published Aug. 30 2017

Terminally tired from working the two jobs required of her to feed, clothe and shelter her two middle-school-aged children, Danielle...