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Past articles by Mark:

Wiedmer: Nobody deserves to play in NFL more than Cole Strange

Can you tell us a fun fact about yourself? → Read More

Wiedmer: Vols, UT didn't need Saturday night's embarrassment in Neyland Stadium

Who brings a golf ball to a college football game? → Read More

Wiedmer: Ironman another chance for Chattanoogans to prove our town is special

Tim Morgan wasn't overwhelmed with worry. The grand poobah of enticing financially rewarding sports events to our city knows Chattanooga's greatest strengths, beginning with its citizens. → Read More

Wiedmer: Chattanooga families reflect on life since Easter 2020 tornadoes

Scott Farley didn't think much about the long view of what was happening to him in the final minutes of Easter 2020. → Read More

Wiedmer: Are Tennessee's football problems a matter of talent, coaching or both?

At some point during his Monday afternoon press conference, Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt made the following observation regarding his team's 30-17 loss at Auburn last Saturday night: "We played much better in this game than we did against Missouri." → Read More

Wiedmer: Buck Johnson was the best of the best

To become employed by the Chattanooga News-Free Press, as I first did in 1983, was to learn quite quickly that your archrival, if not your archenemy, was the Chattanooga Times. → Read More

Wiedmer: We've seen this kind of unrest too many times before

Jaylen Brown has never been your typical elite athlete. Wooed by every college basketball factory in the country coming out of Marietta, Georgia's Wheeler High, Brown spent his one year of college at California-Berkley because he felt a special bond with former Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin. → Read More

Wiedmer: Vols just might be way more than a top-20 football team this fall

With the start of the University of Tennessee's spring football practice now just 13 days away, it seems somewhat fitting to begin to look at the Volunteers' 2020 season and what might be expected of Jeremy Pruitt's third Big Orange team. → Read More

Wiedmer: Kobe Bryant was a supernatural talent both on and off the court

"He was supernatural." Those were the words Italian professional basketball coach Ettore Messina used to describe Kobe Bryant. → Read More

Wiedmer: Being cast as major underdogs against the Ravens doesn't worry the Titans

Rodney Dangerfield the Tennessee Titans aren't. → Read More

Wiedmer: For Chattanooga State's Jay Price, a broken arm was the luckiest break of his life

It sounds impossible. → Read More

Wiedmer: Thanks to its shining Starr, Howard School is serving up joy one plate at a time today

In some ways, today will dawn no differently than most other workdays for Howard School football coach John Starr. → Read More

Wiedmer: Rusty Wright needn't worry about his Mocs enjoying football break 'too much'

With their football spring practices officially over late Tuesday afternoon, you might have expected University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior quarterback Nick Tiano and junior defensive back Jerrell Lawson to celebrate a bit. → Read More

Wiedmer: LSU proves college basketball still stinks on occasion

You know how every now and then you find yourself on the Southside when the wind blows just wrong and you're suddenly overwhelmed by what Charles Barkley might politely call a malodorous scent from the nearby chicken plant? → Read More

Wiedmer: If Orange and White game is any indication, Vols have improved

And then Tiger Woods birdied No. 16 and the ground shook all the way to Neyland Stadium. → Read More

Wiedmer: Virginia's title ended college hoops season on a high note

You already can see the upcoming book and video titles: "From laughingstock to last team standing — The story of the 2019 NCAA champion Virginia Cavaliers." → Read More

Wiedmer: Phillip Fulmer comes through big-time for Big Orange

It was good to wake up Monday morning as Tennessee men's basketball coach Rick Barnes. → Read More

Wiedmer: Auburn gives Final Four its official Cinderella

The word Zion is sometimes used to represent the kingdom of heaven. → Read More

Wiedmer: Big scare aside, Duke still team to beat in NCAA tourney

While we wonder if the Duke basketball program will award national championship rings to the three blind mice in stripes who somewhat officiated their NCAA tournament win over Central Florida on Sunday, has there ever been a more predictable tourney than this one? → Read More

Wiedmer: These Vols could become the fans' all-time favorites

In the beginning, when this season's record was still 0-0, before beating Gonzaga happened, and No. 1 happened, and those 19 straight victories happened, these Tennessee Volunteers had to return to their past to guide their future. → Read More