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  • Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of Big 12 expansion candidates

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    BOISE STATE Athletic budget: $45.7 million Enrollment: 22,259 Market: Greater Boise population of 650,288; Idaho population 1.63 million. Football stadium: Albertsons Stadium, opened in 1970 and frequently renovated since. Current capacity 36,387. Fan base: Squishy. Boise State has...

  • What's going on with Enes Kanter contract talks?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    While the free-agent signings come in waves around the NBA, the waiting continues for Enes Kanter and the Thunder to agree to a deal. It seems inevitable that Kanter winds up with the Thunder, since even if Kanter takes his negotiations to other teams, the Thunder can match the offer. So what’s...

  • Kyle Singler won't be needed until he is

    By BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The Thunder really doesn’t need Singler. Until it does. Until Kevin Durant gets hurt again or needs a rest, and while we’re all praying Durant is fine, he most certainly will need rest.

  • Travis Ford's scrambling has produced an interesting OSU basketball roster

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    The renovation of OSU’s basketball roster continues. Travis Ford has added two potentially-impactful players just since school ended. Davon Dillard, a national top-100 recruit from Gary, Ind., is the latest. Dillard, a 6-foot-6 swingman, has committed to the Cowboys. He was committed to...

  • Did Kevin Durant make NBA players think twice about one-year contracts

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NBA players have made their decision. They embrace security. The free agent frenzy of the last couple of days has produced a bevy of five- and four-year contracts, even though the new salary structure in the NBA means free agents in summer 2016 and summer 2017 figure to reap a windfall,...

  • How does Kyle Singler compare with Perry Jones III?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Kyle Singler will sign a five-year contract with the Thunder for almost $5 million a season. I don’t know the details; let’s call it $4.8 million a season. That’s a decent amount of money on a team in which the incredibly valuable Anthony Morrow is making $3.4 million a season. Of course, when...

  • Are college basketball jobs more stable than college football?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Bo Ryan announced the other day that he was stepping down as the Wisconsin basketball coach after next season. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim has also given his target date (2018). It got me to thinking. It seems like basketball coaching jobs are a lot more stable than football. But is it true? No...

  • NBA free agency: The next two summers will be even more wild

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    NBA free agency is fun. You can blow a whole day doing nothing but following rumors. Just in a 75-minute span Wednesday morning, the headlines read: “Jimmy Butler Ponders Max Offer From Bulls;” “Bulls to Re-Sign Mike Dunleavy;” “Paul Millsap Deciding Between Magic, Hawks;” “Heat To Re-Sign...


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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