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: Is this the craziest NCAA tourney ever?

Published Mar. 19 2018

Just when you thought this NCAA men's basketball tournament couldn't get any weirder, we give you Texas A&M 86, North...

Wiedmer: Sister Jean and UMBC early stars of this NCAA tourney

Published Mar. 17 2018

For anyone about to dismiss the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers from this point forward in the NCAA tournament, they have 98-year-old Sister...

NCAA tournament basics: March Madness 101

Published Mar. 15 2018

Times Free Press columnist Mark Wiedmer breaks down the NCAA men's tournament by region:


Wiedmer: March Madness always will be special to UTC's Lamont Paris

Published Mar. 14 2018

For the first time in eight years, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball coach Lamont Paris isn't helping ready a...

Wiedmer: A more transparent seeding process needed for March Madness

Published Mar. 13 2018

Upon closer inspection, there's only one way for this 2018 NCAA men's basketball tournament to end — only one conclusion...

Wiedmer: Might be time for SEC to move tourney final back to Saturday

Published Mar. 12 2018

Less than a minute after Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes learned his third-seeded Volunteers would play their NCAA tournament...

Wiedmer: Vols poised to win first SEC tourney since 1979

Published Mar. 11 2018

ST. LOUIS — As Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes was wrapping up his media responsibilities late Saturday afternoon after the...

Former Hamilton Heights player now a star at Kentucky

Published Mar. 11 2018

Having just scored 19 points and handed out eight assists in Kentucky's 86-63 Southeastern Conference tournament semifinal win over Alabama...

Wiedmer: A moment to give perspective to the madness of March

Published Mar. 10 2018

Until 19:14 remained in Tennessee's eventual 62-59 Southeastern Conference tournament victory over Mississippi State on Friday night, it was all...

Wiedmer: Bert Bertelkamp still relishes Vols' 1979 SEC tourney title

Published Mar. 7 2018

March 3, 1979. Jimmy Carter was in the White House. Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" was atop Billboard's...

Wiedmer: Tubby Smith both wrong and right about players transferring

Published Mar. 6 2018

The NCAA basketball tournament begins a week from today with the First Four games in Dayton, Ohio.

Wiedmer: Talented Vols basketball coach Rick Barnes worthy of big honors

Published Mar. 5 2018

Three springs ago, the University of Texas decided to sever ties with men's basketball coach Rick Barnes after 17 mostly...


Wiedmer: Vols began run to SEC title this time last March

Published Mar. 4 2018

Out on the Thompson-Boling Arena court, the one filled with dancing Tennessee Volunteers and a certain former Tennessee football coach...

Wiedmer: Jim Foster's Mocs try to overcome 'decade's worth of stuff' in one weekend

Published Feb. 28 2018

It was 2:38 Tuesday afternoon when Keiana Gilbert limped onto the Maclellan Gym floor with the aid of crutches, one...

Wiedmer: NCAA basketball a 'disgusting' load of dirt

Published Feb. 27 2018

Remember the disappointment when Geraldo Rivera unearthed the late gangster Al Capone's supposedly secret vault and found, um, dirt?

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...