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  • Why late OU football great Kurt Burris was The Boss

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: 6 hr ago

    Then as now, Burris was a highly-decorated ballplayer who sometimes had to wait on his honors. Some of that changes Monday night, when Burris, who died in 1999, is inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Is Notre Dame gaming the system with no 13th game?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 17 hr ago

    Big 12 members are not the only football teams contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff that play only 12 games. Notre Dame is in the same boat. And some coaches don’t like it. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, an OSU graduate, tweeted out a couple of recent quotes from coaches. Missouri’s...

  • Why Nebraska never will leave the Big Ten

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    I received an email this week from a Nebraska alum who is a professor at another Big Ten University. He wanted to remain anonymous if I published any of his dispatch, and I most definitely wanted to publish his dispatch, because it’s incredibly insightful into college football realignment. We...

  • Tramel: Would two five-team divisions work in the Big 12?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    I received an email from an OU fan named “Steve,” with no last name, which is too bad, because he had something really interesting to say. I thought I would share it: “I know you hate message boards, so you would never see my post. But I had this idea and want to share it with you. I...

  • Northwest Oklahoma travelblog: How I made it to Longdale

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    NASCAR veterans Kenny Schrader and Kenny Wallace will compete Tuesday night at the Longdale Speedway, which is on Highway 58 in the northwest corner of Blaine County, between Fairview and Canton. Longdale Speedway runs International Motor Car Association series, and Wallace and Schrader are...

  • With Henry Iba's help, Jumpin' Jack McCracken became a giant in the game

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Jumpin’ Jack died 57 years ago. But the man who rarely talked about himself still is being talked about. McCracken, a 1929 Classen High School graduate and Henry Iba’s first basketball star, next week will be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

  • Tramel: Diminished Big 12 scrambles to regain its status

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Ten years ago, the college football season ended with Mighty Vince Young standing on the Rose Bowl floor showered by confetti and Mack Brown holding aloft the crystal trophy. Not only the Texas Longhorns ruled the sport, so did the Big 12 Conference. With Texas’ stirring 41-38 victory over...

  • Ten causes of the Big 12's fall

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    1. TALENT DIP Everything starts with ballplayers. The Big 12 doesn’t have the quality of players it once had. In each of the last two NFL Drafts, the Big 12 has produced just three first- or second-round selections. In 2014, the Big 12 had just 17 players selected overall. As recently as 2010...



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Berry Tramel


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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.

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