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: Fulmer enjoying his busy new job as Tennessee AD

Published Feb. 25 2018

Last Tuesday night found new University of Tennessee athletic director and former football coach Phillip Fulmer at the Chattanooga Convention...

Wiedmer: Vols almost as good as Red Panda these days

Published Feb. 22 2018

The really scary stuff for anyone rooting for Tennessee's Big Orange against Florida on Wednesday night came at intermission, when...

Wiedmer: North Carolina Athletic Association is no friend of Louisville

Published Feb. 21 2018

Good thing North Carolina didn't use the same legal team as Louisville for the Tar Heels' NCAA issues. If it...

Wiedmer: If NCAA selection committee slights SEC, it needs new criteria

Published Feb. 20 2018

The NCAA men's basketball tournament begins three weeks from today in Dayton, Ohio, with the start of the First Four...

Wiedmer: Former UTC basketball player Larry Stewart the perfect example of student-athlete

Published Feb. 19 2018

They all were there to share in former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball player Larry Stewart's big moment this...

Wiedmer: UTC's Lamont Paris proving that great coaching doesn't always deliver wins

Published Feb. 18 2018

What if I told you the best example of great basketball coaching in the Southern Conference this season may have...

Wiedmer: Unfairness of NCAA's UNC ruling now angers Notre Dame

Published Feb. 14 2018

I have a friend in town — an understandably defensive North Carolina grad — who has informed me that he...

Wiedmer: 1982 Mocs men's basketball team should never be forgotten

Published Feb. 13 2018

There was no formal University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball reunion this past Saturday at McKenzie Arena. No commemorative...

Wiedmer: SEC has reason to feel good about early NCAA seeds

Published Feb. 12 2018

How bizarre and bewildering is this 2017-18 men's college basketball season 27 days from the NCAA tournament's Selection Sunday?

Wiedmer: UTC's Jim Foster still basking in Eagles' Super Bowl win

Published Feb. 10 2018

OK, so win No. 902 for University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women's basketball coach Jim Foster will have to wait...

Wiedmer: Coach Tom Arth has UTC pointed in right direction

Published Feb. 8 2018

For a couple of months last fall, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Tom Arth looked like a guy...

Wiedmer: Win over UK shows UT getting better at right time

Published Feb. 7 2018

Jordan Bowden was 2 years old the last time Tennessee swept a Kentucky men's basketball team by winning both at...

Wiedmer: Time is right for Tennessee to win at Kentucky

Published Feb. 6 2018

In the world of professional golf they call Saturday "moving day" since that's the day you often move yourself into...

Wiedmer: Former UTC coaches remember their time with Hall of Famer T.O.

Published Feb. 5 2018

It was midwinter in early 1992, and then-University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Buddy Nix and assistant Bobby Johns...

Wiedmer: My favorite Super Bowl always will be Jets-Colts

Published Feb. 3 2018

Jan. 12, 1969.

Wiedmer: Will Wade embraces parenthood, LSU's hoops future

Published Feb. 1 2018

At 4:47 Wednesday afternoon, the LSU-Tennessee men's basketball game a little less than two hours away, Will Wade exited a...

Wiedmer: Brainerd brawl another sad example of adults acting like children

Published Jan. 31 2018

"We had adults acting like children." That was how Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association executive director Bernard Childress described what...

Wiedmer: Mark Fox needs to turn Georgia around in a hurry

Published Jan. 30 2018

Three games. Three second-half leads, two of those by 14 or more points. Three disturbing defeats.

Wiedmer: Fountain of Youth just keeps flowing for Roger Federer

Published Jan. 29 2018

Had you tuned in the final minutes of the Australian Open men's singles trophy presentation early Sunday morning, and you...

Wiedmer: Ryan Leaf proof that life can get better at 40

Published Jan. 27 2018

When former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf learned there would be a number of high-end college basketball recruits attending this Friday's...