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

Thomas Smallwood's double-double leads UTC past Cumberland [photos]

Published Nov. 14 2018

Surprising as this may sound, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 92-61 rout of NAIA member Cumberland University on Tuesday...

Wiedmer: Everybody but Bama and Clemson playing for third in CFP

Published Nov. 14 2018

In a general sense, I'm normally a big fan of the College Football Playoff.

Wiedmer: Duke good enough to be an undefeated national champion

Published Nov. 13 2018

We have spent most of this college football season believing that a super team is in our midst.

Wiedmer: Falcons and Titans headed in different directions

Published Nov. 12 2018

The Titans stepped up. The Falcons fell down, maybe for good.

Wiedmer: Jeremy Pruitt has Vols getting better by the week

Published Nov. 11 2018

The positives were everywhere for the Vols after their 24-7 whipping of Kentucky on Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

McCallie tops Ensworth to advance to Division II-AAA semifinals [photos]

Published Nov. 10 2018

It had been remarkably easy for the McCallie football team against Ensworth during the regular season.

Wiedmer: UTC's seniors are great examples for younger Mocs to follow

Published Nov. 7 2018


Wiedmer: Vols' Todd Kelly Jr. is college athletics at its best

Published Nov. 6 2018

Playing major college football isn't the same for everyone. Some do it, believe it or not, to get an education...

Wiedmer: Falcons suddenly looking like a playoff team

Published Nov. 5 2018

Even if they miss the postseason, the Falcons have made it clear they're not going down without a fight.

Wiedmer: Vols not good enough to underestimate anyone

Published Nov. 4 2018

The Big Orange Nation should be very, very thankful that this was Charlotte and not some SEC team.

Notebook: Vols' Alontae Taylor tossed for targeting again

Published Nov. 4 2018

First-year Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt has expressed curiosity publicly about refereeing protocols.

Wiedmer: Football Mocs once again a happy family

Published Oct. 31 2018

When Jordan Jones left Smyrna, Tennessee, in the summer of 2016 to become a true freshman walk-on football player at...


Wiedmer: Can college basketball be good enough to overshadow its off-court mess?

Published Oct. 30 2018

The major college basketball season begins a week from today with one of those made-for-TV events that should excite everyone...

Wiedmer: Should Georgia be worried about UK's Cardiac Cats?

Published Oct. 29 2018

The video already has topped 550,000 views. It shows Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops "crowd surfing" above his jubilant players...

Wiedmer: UT football program is getting better; it's just not good enough yet

Published Oct. 28 2018

The Vols have shown progress in Jeremy Pruitt's first season as coach. They still have work to do.

Wiedmer: Is Kansas No. 1 also as target in NCAA hoops corruption probe?

Published Oct. 24 2018

When the first Associated Press college basketball poll of the season was announced on Monday, the Kansas Jayhawks were an...

Wiedmer: In the past 25 years, South Carolina's impact on Vols has been huge

Published Oct. 23 2018

Were you to poll the Big Orange Nation about the biggest games on the University of Tennessee football schedule each...

Wiedmer: Rick Honeycutt has Dodgers pitchers ready to avenge Fall Classic heartbreak

Published Oct. 22 2018

Rick Honeycutt's professional baseball career both as a player and a coach has been anything but a dud.

Wiedmer: Could this Alabama team be college football's best ever?

Published Oct. 21 2018

So much for fresher legs — and momentum.

UT's Rick Barnes respected far beyond Big Orange country

Published Oct. 18 2018

Almost everyone has the Vols in position to win big trophies at the end of this season.