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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday night at the University of Florida's O'Connell Center produced the kind of college basketball game that terrifically teases the senses for March Madness.
In the summer of 1972, while working out prior to that night's game with the Asheville Orioles of the Southern League, third baseman Doug DeCinces heard a gunshot, then another, and another, all of them landing within six feet of him at Asheville's ball yard.
Twenty-eight days. Four weeks. That's the window of time that will pass between today and Auburn taking the Rose Bowl field against top-ranked Florida State in the the BCS title game on Jan. 6, 2014.
ATLANTA — Gus Malzahn said it. Said it after victory most sweet. And improbable. And unbelievable.
ATLANTA — Eight days ago, Frank Sanders couldn't watch it anymore. The former Auburn All-America wideout left his alma mater's Jordan-Hare Stadium late in the third quarter of last week's game against Alabama and drove his car toward Birmingham.
ATLANTA — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn swears that while the rest of War Eagle Nation loudly celebrated last Saturday evening's stunning win over archrival Alabama, he hunkered down in his office to begin watching tape of Missouri, this afternoon's opponent in the Southeastern Conference championship game.
Just exactly what Florida state attorney Willie Meggs will announce at 2 p.m. today regarding his office's investigation into sexual assault allegations against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston remains a mystery.
To paraphrase that early Bowl Championship Series supporter Billy Shakespeare, could there be the slightest chance that we all doth protest too much regarding the BCS process?
ATHENS, Ga. — The next time someone tells you they don't play quality basketball in the Southeastern Conference, remind them that while No. 18 UCLA did indeed lead the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga by 22 points at halftime last week, Georgia led the Mocs by 30 at Monday night's intermission.
Quite contrary to the Great Gatsby, we have apparently come to believe quite strongly in this country that even moderately good ideas always demand a second act -- or three or five in the cases of such cinematic excesses as the endless sequels to "Toy Story" and "Friday the 13th."