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: Making real noise in March Madness no cheap trick

Published Mar. 28 2017

When Middle Tennessee State University announced late last week that it was signing longtime basketball coach Kermit Davis to a...

Wiedmer: UNC now the Final Four favorite

Published Mar. 27 2017

North Carolina's men's basketball team launched a private Twitter account during the offseason. The Tar Heels labeled it "Redemption."

Wiedmer: Graham Spanier's guilt a lesson for us all

Published Mar. 26 2017

What price for innocence lost? What is a fair penalty for protecting the image of an institution over the heart...

Wiedmer: South Carolina's Frank Martin more than a good coach

Published Mar. 24 2017

The words jumped from the transcript of South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin's news conference following his team's Sunday night...

Wiedmer: UTC's Matt McCall likes Florida's chances to reach Final Four

Published Mar. 23 2017

You won't find any of the Southeastern Conference's three remaining teams in action tonight when the NCAA men's basketball tournament...

Wiedmer: UTC coach Tom Arth will take 82 degrees over 20 degrees every day

Published Mar. 22 2017

If all he needs to keep him happy is warmer weather, new University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football coach Tom...

Wiedmer: SEC basketball has long been better than people think

Published Mar. 21 2017

The upset secure, NCAA tourney brackets busted around the world, South Carolina coach Frank Martin said the following to ESPN...

Wiedmer: Kansas new favorite to win it all

Published Mar. 20 2017

Just call it payback for Clemson knocking off Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game. How else to explain...

Wiedmer: UT, UTC face very different spring practices

Published Mar. 19 2017

Brackets smackets. Who cares? Oh, sure, this little major college basketball tournament going on right now is big news to...

Wiedmer: MTSU and Eli Deml are March magic at its best

Published Mar. 16 2017

At some point today prior to 4 p.m. Eastern, 10-year-old Eli Deml will make certain his Middle Tennessee State University...

Wiedmer: Jim Foster never will be mediocre at anything

Published Mar. 15 2017

Jim Foster says it all the time.

Wiedmer: February listings a good start toward NCAA transparency

Published Mar. 14 2017

On Feb. 11 the NCAA tournament selection committee released a preliminary list of its prospective top four seeds in each...

Road to the Final Four: Arizona peaking at right time for NCAA run

Published Mar. 14 2017

It probably wasn't Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller's finest hour. Irked by a timeout UCLA coach Steve Alford had taken...

Mark Wiedmer breaks down the NCAA tournament and offers insight, predictions

Published Mar. 13 2017

No NCAA tournament bracket is perfect. The tournament selection committee that makes it isn't perfect, the group almost certainly made...

Wiedmer: Twenty years later, 1997 still special for Mack McCarthy

Published Mar. 12 2017

When he awoke that Selection Sunday morning on March 9, 1997, then-University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball coach Mack McCarthy...

Wiedmer: Yante Maten's return gives sliver of hope to Georgia hoop dreams

Published Mar. 10 2017

NASHVILLE — Appearing to favor somewhat his injured right knee, the one covered by a balky brace and a bag...

Wiedmer: Can these Vols go one better than 1991?

Published Mar. 9 2017

It might go down as the least expected 'almost' moment in University of Tennessee men's basketball history. Emphasis on 'almost,'...

MTSU's Reggie Upshaw as special off the court as on it

Published Mar. 8 2017

A video of former Baylor School star Reggie Upshaw's senior night at Middle Tennessee State quickly has become one of...

Howard graduate Brandon Walters could become MTSU star next season

Published Mar. 8 2017

As Brandon Walters was beginning his recruiting visit to Middle Tennessee State a couple of years ago, Reggie Upshaw stopped...

Wiedmer: U.S. Soccer stance on anthem sounds good, but is it?

Published Mar. 7 2017

I've always been a sucker for 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' especially since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.