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  • Oklahoma football: Was Joe Mixon a victim of a hate crime?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Was Joe Mixon the victim of a hate crime? How’s that for a twist in the saga of Mixon, the OU tailback who was charged with one misdemeanor count of an act resulting in gross injury, after allegedly punching fellow OU student Amelia Molitor. Molitor was not charged, though she allegedly slapped...

  • Oklahoma State football: The pros and cons of neutral site games in college football

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    PROS 1. BETTER SCHEDULE: Home and home series can be tough to schedule. It’s easier to book a one-game showdown on a neutral field than to find acceptable years for a home-and-home series. Television networks get involved in the neutral site games, which can prod schools into accepting a game,...

  • Even without Kevin Love, Minnesota will make Western Conference tougher

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    This looks to be the kind of trade that makes both teams better. The Cavs have a third star to pair with LeBron and Kyrie Irving. The T-Wolves get three promising pieces, in solid power forward Thaddeus Young plus Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the last two overall No. 1 picks.

  • College football: What it's like to be a district attorney in a college town

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Greg Mashburn’s job is a little different from most prosecutors. He’s the DA in a college football town. When a football or basketball player gets in trouble, his job is thrust quickly under the microscope — like with the Joe Mixon affair.

  • Post-concussion syndrome robs former Tulsa basketball player J.R. Cunningham of a normal life

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    Cunningham walks with a cane and talks with a stutter. When he’s walking and talking. Cunningham currently is in the Intensive Care Unit of Denton Regional Medical Center, just off a ventilator, recovering from cardiac arrest, and yet another blood clot, and more pulmonary embolism, which blocks...

  • Oklahoma State football: Are the Cowboys rebuilding?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    For the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about OSU reaching the upper echelons of college football, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here. The Cowboys on Thursday talked a lot about the concept of rebuilding. Mike Gundy: “Each year we find out where we’re at. This is the most...

  • Where have baseball's 20-game winners gone?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 22, 2014

    The Twins’ Phil Hughes, the Athletics’ Scott Kazmir, the Tigers’ Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer are tied for the American League lead with 14 victories each. Which means they are on pace to finish with 18 wins. More evidence that baseball has changed. Only four times in baseball...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys are ready for the big time

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 21, 2014

    COMMENTARY — In the last six years, OSU ranks ninth among schools in the major conferences in league record, a good barometer of the program’s quality.


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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