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  • NCAA Tournament: Evidence says name brand programs will get the selection committee's nod every time

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Tell us something we didn’t know. All things being equal, a North Carolina is going to trump a Virginia Tech. A Kentucky is going to trump a Mississippi State. A Kansas is going to trump a Kansas State.

  • NBA pulls back the veil more on officiating

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Remember the Seinfeld episode where Kramer worms his way into viewing a surgery? Kramer urges Jerry to join him. “We’ll open ‘em up and saw through the bone,” Kramer says. “Gneeerrrr (imitating saw noise)! We’ll see what’s INSIDE bone!” Well, the NBA is inviting us into the operating room...

  • Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Bob Stoops likes to tell the story of his early days coaching at Kansas State, when the Wildcats routinely were outmanned, and Bill Snyder’s young staff had to be innovative in keeping K-State competitive. In one particular gameplan session, Stoops expressed pessimism that KSU’s interior defense...

  • Can schools police students who rush the court?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby wants to police the practice of students rushing the courts and fields after big victories. Even to the point of asking that “revisions to policies and procedures must guarantee that no future incidents occur.” Wow. That’s asking a lot of schools. For the Friday...

  • College basketball: Student attendance might suffer, but the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby is right about getting behavior under control

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby rightly rebuked K-State and put his league on notice that poor behavior will not be tolerated. Such sternness is necessary. It’s also counter to college hoops’ marketing endeavors to refill student sections.

  • Oklahoma football: Stories about Doc Hearon

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Doc Hearon died on Feb. 11, and it’s confession time. Not that I didn’t know that Doc Hearon died. That I didn’t know that Doc Hearon lived. I’m usually up to date on the prominent players of OU’s Bud Wilkinson era, but this one slipped past the goaltender. I’ve had two Hearon inquiries in recent...

  • Daniel Orton: Fired for telling the truth

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    I occasionally get asked about writing a book. My answer is pat — when I find time to read a book, I’ll start finding time to write a book. But that’s for cheap laughs. The truth is, I’d be interested in writing a book, but I want a fresh topic. I mean, I could write […]

  • Watch out Spurs, here comes the Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Not so very long ago, the Suns and the Pelicans were in the Thunder’s line of sight. Not anymore. The Thunder is two games ahead of New Orleans and 21/2 games ahead of Phoenix for eighth place in the Western Conference. Now OKC is solidly in eighth and only two games behind the Spurs for […]


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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