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  • OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded'

    BY BERRY TRAMEL AND JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer | Updated: 54 min ago

    Sports Illustrated’s myriad allegations of misconduct within the Oklahoma State football program were “fundamentally unfounded,” according to a joint statement released Tuesday by the NCAA and an outside consultant hired by OSU. The SI series was published in September 2013 and alleged...

  • Bowl bets: OU in Alamo, OSU in Liberty

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 2 hr ago

    Don’t make any bowl reservations yet. But here’s an early tip for OU and OSU fans. The Alamo Bowl and the Liberty Bowl are good bets. The Sooners in San Antonio. The Cowboys in Memphis. Our man Jason Kersey wrote about OU’s bowl possibilities in the Tuesday Oklahoman. You can read that column...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ineffective in obvious passing downs

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 15 hr ago

    In Fort Worth on Saturday, Oklahoma State’s offense faced 19 obvious passing downs. And called a pass play only 12 times. Think about that. One of the nation’s most prominent passing schools, an offense that has had trouble running the ball all season, would just as soon take its chances on a...

  • Fort Worth travelblog: Finding Aunt Velma's house

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 22 hr ago

    I went to Fort Worth over the weekend. Second time in three weeks. Third straight weekend in the Metroplex. Fourth time in the Metroplex in eight college Saturdays this season. I assume I won’t be back, though you never know. The Cotton Bowl (Arlington) and the Armed Forces Bowl (Fort Worth) are...

  • How the college football committee should think: Florida State No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Yesterday

    The AP poll has four SEC teams in its top five. I know, sounds crazy in a season when the SEC might not have even a dominant team. But is any team in any conference dominant? I’ve got Florida State No. 1 in my rankings, based purely on resume’s and thus how the committee should […]

  • Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Oklahomans have been relegated to the bystanders in the first four-team playoff. So here’s a somewhat neutral eye on where things stand

  • Big 12 rankings: TCU returns to No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Time for the weekly Big 12 rankings, based on resumes, not standings. And TCU has returned to the top. The Frogs routed OSU 42-9 in Fort Worth, right after Kansas State upset OU 31-30 and West Virginia bounced Baylor 41-27. Why TCU over K-State? Both are 5-1. But the Frogs’ victories are slightly...

  • Collected wisdom: Jim Traber says 'when I explode on callers it's good radio'

    Interviewed by Berry Tramel, | Updated: Sun, Oct 19, 2014

    Jim Traber grew up in Columbia, Md., a three-sport star, and signed to play football and baseball at Oklahoma State. He started a few games at quarterback as a freshman in 1980 but soon devoted all his attention to baseball and became a star on Gary Ward’s first two College World Series teams....


Berry Tramel


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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