• Indianapolis travelblog: 14 degrees in a great city

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    The cold hit me long before I got outside. I rode the massive escalator down to baggage claim of the Indianapolis airport Wednesday, and you could feel the temperature drop even before you stopped moving. I flew to Indy to participate in the NCAA Tournament’s mock selections. Thursday and...

  • Power Lunch: chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Join The Oklahoman's columnist Berry Tramel to talk OU, OSU and the Thunder in today's Power Lunch live chat at 11 a,m.

  • Ex-Sooner Bob Harrison loved playing football

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    Bob Harrison loved playing football. In all likelihood, loved it more than anyone in the history of Sooner football. Harrison died last week at age 78. He was buried Monday in his hometown of Stamford, Texas. Harrison was in Bud Wilkinson’s remarkable 1950s line of great center/linebacker...

  • Gary Kubiak's second-chance success not common in the NFL

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    Two years after being fired by the Houston Texans, Gary Kubiak coached the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl title. Maybe it seems like routine occurrence in the NFL — a retread head coach prospers in his second chance — but it’s not. Thirty-one coaches have produced the 50 Super Bowl...

  • Big 12's academic status on the rise

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    The Big 12 certainly shoulders its share of bad news. So time to share some good news. The conference’s academic standing is on the rise. Last week, Texas Tech, Kansas State and West Virginia were all reclassified to “Carnegie I” status, a heading that indicates Highest Research University....

  • Analyzing what Scotty Brooks said

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    Scotty Brooks broke his silence Tuesday. The deposed Thunder coach joined Chris Mannix for a podcast on The Vertical, Yahoo’s new NBA website. You can read Brooks’ comments here. Here are some of Brooks’ comments, and my reaction: * “We had a tough break three years ago with Russell...

  • Tommie Smith & John Carlos did NOT give up their Olympic medals

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    I wrote about Tommie Smith and John Carlos for the Tuesday Oklahoman.  The sprinters who staged the victory-stand protest after the 200-meter final at the Mexico City Olympics. I chatted with them Monday at Oklahoma Christian University. Never thought I’d be typing those words. You can read...

  • Who will take the last shot for OU basketball?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Feb 9, 2016

    OU’s cardiac basketball season continued Monday night. The third-ranked Sooners beat Texas 63-60 on Buddy Hield’s 3-point basket with 1.3 seconds left. It was OU’s fifth game since New Year’s in which the outcome was decided by a Sooner possession in the final seconds. OU is 3-2 in those...



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Berry Tramel


Columnist and Reporter

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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