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: NCAA Selection Committee kind to Vols

Published Mar. 18 2019

Sometimes the NCAA tournament selection committee serves you lemons. Sometimes it serves you big, fat, juicy oranges.

Wiedmer: This win over Kentucky might be Vols' greatest ever

Published Mar. 17 2019

This game should justifiably live forever with the Big Orange Nation, whatever happens against Auburn.

Wiedmer: LSU without Will Wade could have short NCAA stay

Published Mar. 15 2019

Maybe it was the 26 free throws Florida shot to only 11 for the bigger, deeper Southeastern Conference regular-season champion...


Wiedmer: Would you pay $6.2 million for a fake athletic scholarship?

Published Mar. 12 2019

Tired of being bombarded with stories about ethically challenged college basketball coaches attempting to bribe financially challenged players with fairly...

Wiedmer: Murray State assistant Casey Long fondly remembers 2005 with the Mocs

Published Mar. 11 2019

In the long, proud history of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball, it would be tough to find a more...

Wiedmer: LSU basketball fans are angry at the wrong guy

Published Mar. 11 2019

If LSU men's basketball players have remained cool, calm and composed, their fans most definitely have not

Wiedmer: Maybe Will Wade isn't who we thought he was

Published Mar. 10 2019

Will Wade, did we hardly know you?

Wiedmer: David McKinley keeps hoops Mocs running smoothly

Published Mar. 5 2019

Everyone officially tied to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga men's basketball program this week will have very defined roles...

Wiedmer: Terrell Owens happy to join Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame

Published Mar. 4 2019

To prove that truth is stranger than fiction, Terrell Eldorado Owens entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame before he...

Wiedmer: Good to see both Allan and Wade Houston back at UT

Published Mar. 4 2019

Allan Houston received a phone call from Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes at the start of this season.

Wiedmer: Vols out-dominate Kentucky in big home win

Published Mar. 3 2019

Anything you can do, we can do better.

Wiedmer: Wofford's Fletcher Magee teaches UTC how to become a champion

Published Mar. 1 2019

Technically speaking, Wofford's 80-54 dismantling of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga basketball team ended at 8:46 Thursday night.


Wiedmer: Whether or not it wins SoCon tourney, Wofford deserves NCAA bid

Published Feb. 26 2019

It's not that Wofford basketball coach Mike Young isn't appreciative of having his No. 24 Terriers earning a Top 25...

Wiedmer: UT's Hot Seat Holly needs a miracle fast

Published Feb. 25 2019

It's never easy to see someone's dream job become a nightmare for that person.

Wiedmer: UT-LSU basketball game highlighted flaws of officiating reviews

Published Feb. 25 2019

Too many. Too long.

Wiedmer: Have the Vols peaked too soon?

Published Feb. 24 2019

College sports teams rarely stay the same over the course of a season. They either get better or worse.

McCallie falls to Ensworth in Division II-AA quarterfinal

Published Feb. 24 2019

Five times previously, Ricky Bowers has guided the Ensworth Tigers to a TSSAA Division II state basketball championship.

Wiedmer: Joe Smith rooting for both LSU and UT this time

Published Feb. 23 2019

It won't be hard to spot Joe Smith in the crowd at today's Tennessee-LSU men's basketball game.

Wiedmer: UT proves it can win without its 'A' game

Published Feb. 20 2019

Tennessee won.

Wiedmer: With NCAA tourney four weeks away, Duke still the team to beat

Published Feb. 19 2019

The NCAA men's basketball tournament starts exactly four weeks from today in Dayton, Ohio, with the opening two games of...