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: Mocs gradually, then suddenly fell apart

Published Feb. 28 2017

Who knew Shakespeare was such a huge — or should that be Yuge! — University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's...

Road to the Final Four: Villanova looking to repeat as NCAA champs

Published Feb. 28 2017

We all remember The Shot from last year'S NCAA championship basketball game between Villanova and North Carolina.

Wiedmer: Reggie Upshaw the straw that stirs MTSU

Published Feb. 27 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — You never know what's in the minds of NCAA tournament selection committee members this time of year....


Wiedmer: Henry Bowles always will remain a Howard hero

Published Feb. 26 2017

As he was wrapping up his touching tribute to longtime Howard High School basketball coach Henry Bowles on Saturday afternoon...

Wiedmer: John Tyszkiewicz a legendary UTC Hall of Famer

Published Feb. 25 2017

With his Friday night induction into the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Hall of Fame, John Tyszkiewicz became one...

Wiedmer: Vandy dandy against vanishing Vols

Published Feb. 23 2017

KNOXVILLE — Maybe we've been touting the wrong Southeastern Conference men's basketball team for the proverbial NCAA tournament bubble this...

Wiedmer: Struggling Los Angeles Lakers bring back Magic potion

Published Feb. 22 2017

That the Los Angeles Lakers could use a little Magic is undeniable.

Wiedmer: Peachy glow remains from 1977 Mocs' NCAA title team

Published Feb. 21 2017

Forty years ago, Steve Hisey — then a student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga — stood beneath a...

Road to the Final Four: Louisville is a serious title contender

Published Feb. 21 2017

Rick Pitino didn't become the only college basketball coach in NCAA history to win national championships at two different schools...

Wiedmer: Mark Fox deserves at least one more season at Georgia

Published Feb. 20 2017

Two years ago, a nationally respected college basketball television analyst was reportedly asked by University of Georgia athletic director Greg...

Wiedmer: Mocs have two weeks to play like champions again

Published Feb. 19 2017

What a way to waste the best University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball crowd of the past three years...

Wiedmer: Forty years ago, Mocs owned Rocky Top

Published Feb. 18 2017

The basketball shorts were too short in that grainy footage and the moment too long long gone, but that didn't...


Wiedmer: Kentucky earned more than respect from Vols

Published Feb. 15 2017

Tennessee sophomore forward Admiral Schofield stood outside the visitors' locker room at Rupp Arena late Tuesday evening, attempting to explain...

Wiedmer: Three the only crowd SEC may have in NCAA tourney

Published Feb. 14 2017

Since the Southeastern Conference expanded its men's basketball schedule to 18 league games per team, no school with more than...

Road to the Final Four: Duke once again looking like a national-title contender

Published Feb. 14 2017

A few minutes after his team's 86-78 victory over archrival North Carolina last week, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said...

Wiedmer: UTC wrestling a winner both on and off the mat

Published Feb. 13 2017

Jared Johnson thought he would feel differently. More subdued. More melancholy over his athletic life at the University of Tennessee...

Wiedmer: A message all need to hear, especially fathers

Published Feb. 12 2017

To most of us, Jumoke Johnson was a notorious gang member of the Rollin 60s Crips who was murdered three...

Wiedmer: Vols' Grant Williams getting better by the game

Published Feb. 9 2017

KNOXVILLE — Grant Williams could have run the other way Wednesday night inside Thompson-Boling Arena.

Wiedmer: Now with 500 wins, Baylor's Austin Clark is an old-school treasure

Published Feb. 8 2017

When Austin Clark was growing up in Kingston, Tenn., any time his father Roy spied a turtle placed atop a...

Wiedmer: Even by Loserville standards, Falcons loss will leave a lasting mark

Published Feb. 7 2017

At least Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan delivered a world championship answer when asked late Sunday night to explain how he...