Berry Tramel
Columnist

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.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is taking a big chance on Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Green-Beckham found trouble at Missouri, twice for marijuana-related offenses and once for allegedly pushing a coed down a flight of stairs. If DGB finds more weed trouble in Norman, everyone will shake their head and blame the guy for being a goofball. If DGB has more domestic trouble, it won’t be just Green-Beckham’s butt in a sling. It will be Stoops’s. In part because of the timing.

  • Big 12 football: Bob Bowlsby gets serious with 'cheating pays' pronouncement

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    It’s easy to write off Bowlsby’s bomb as a shot across the bow at the SEC. Finger-pointing at a league long cast as breaking the rules it didn’t have time to bend. But Bowlsby cut a wide swath. He was talking about the need for a cultural change, in both attitude and resources.

  • Targeting rule worked in Big 12 Conference last year

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Either Big 12 football was remarkably clean, or the league’s defenders were scared straight. Big 12 crews called just eight targeting penalties last season, and four of those were wiped out by replay review.

  • From little league to the Big 12, Jerod Phillips has come a long way in officiating

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Aug. 31, Phillips will trot onto another field. It will be hot. It could be raining. But it won’t be in Jay and it won’t be little leaguers. Phillips will make his Big 12 officiating debut with the nationally televised Baylor-SMU game, which inaugurates McLane Stadium hard by the Brazos River.

  • Officials to crack down on college football coaches' sideline antics

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Coaches yell at players. Coaches yell at each other. Coaches yell at officials. Our own Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy can chew out a head linesman with the best of ‘em. But for the most part, referee-riding hasn’t dissolved into anarchy. This isn’t basketball.

  • A few tweaks could make soccer more appealing to Americans

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Soccer is not boring to watch. Soccer is maddening to watch. You’ll blow a gasket watching a game that is stuck not so much in tradition, but in ritual. Give America 15 minutes alone in a room with FIFA, and we’d fix all kinds of things.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners reach a compromise on uniforms

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    COMMENTARY — While not ditching the classic look, OU tries to keep up with the times by introducing its set of alternate uniforms.

  • OU football: Details for proposed renovations to Gaylord Family-Memorial Stadium

    berry tramel | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Here is a look at the planned renovations to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium: PHASE ONE * Switzer Center renovation, including new weight room, new coaches office and a grander entrance facing the south. * Fan amenities, including new bathroom and concession areas, plazas for fans to gather and backs for the bleachers. PHASE TWO * New luxury suites spanning the width of the west-side upper deck, to balance that on the east side. * A new pressbox above the luxury suites. PHASE THREE * A video/scoreboard above the north grandstands to match the video board on the south, plus nominal changes to the seating.

  • OU football: Luxury suites, new weight room, fan amenities included in stadium renovation proposal

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OU STADIUM — The proposed renovation plan for OU’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be unveiled Wednesday in Ardmore. Plans will include a new pressbox, luxury suites and fan amenities, including a new video board on the stadium’s north side to match the one on the south.

  • Why Oklahoma-Baylor is the Big 12's game of the year

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    A conference that once was ruled by OU and Texas now is egalitarian. Five years, five champions. Texas 2009, OU 2010, OSU 2011, Kansas State 2012, Baylor 2013.

  • Barry Switzer is living a good life 25 years after he resigned as OU football coach

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    It’s been 25 years since the bombshell dropped in the Santee Lounge above OU’s Memorial Stadium. A quarter century that was much kinder to Switzer than it was to the Sooners.

  • OKC Thunder needs a Danny Green-type of player

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Players who can shoot and defend are out there. It’s Sam Presti’s job to go out and find them.

  • How a basketball coach's success story started at Pomona-Pitzer

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Coaching at a small Division III school in California led to big things.

  • NBA owners aren’t standing on solid ethical ground in fight against Donald Sterling

    Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Donald Sterling is a social buffoon and a reprehensible businessman and maybe, just maybe, a demented old man. But that doesn’t mean he’s wrong. Sterling’s on-again, off-again fight with the league that made him famous apparently is on again. The deposed Los Angeles Clippers owner says he’ll fight the NBA’s attempts to sell his franchise to Steve Ballmer for $2 billion. “WHY I AM FIGHTING THE NBA? THE NBA WANTS TO TAKE AWAY OUR PRIVACY RIGHTS AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH.” That’s how Sterling entitled his statement Monday that announced his fight to keep his franchise and his plans to sue the league for $1 billion. That freedom of speech reference is over the top. Freedom of speech is a governmental

  • College football coaches' salaries are crazy, but it's money well spent

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    I can’t condemn such largesse. I figure Bob Stoops and Nick Saban have 45, or 68, times as much responsibility as the average college professor. Win the Sugar Bowl. Keep the fans happy so the coffers stay full. Keep your players academically eligible and off the police blotter.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: OKC can't just wait for the new Jordan, basketball's Belichick to capitulate

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    One of these days/decades, the teams who open the NBA Finals on Thursday in San Antonio will eventually step aside. The better bet for OKC is to get better and quick.

  • Thabo Sefolosha will likely play elsewhere next season

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    The wounds are fresh. The stings still sore. Sometimes, you learn stuff. Here are 10 things I learned about your favorite squad.

  • OKC Thunder: Tony Parker and Russell Westbrook are two of a kind

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 28, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Both point guards in the Western Conference Finals worked hard to become the stars and leaders that they are today.

  • Spurs' 'terrific trio' withstands the test of time

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 22, 2014

    They’re together still. The ageless Spurs. Duncan, Parker, Ginobili. Twelve NBA seasons together. Three NBA championships. An NBA-record 111 playoff victories together as a trio.

  • Spurs-Thunder: 'Old Man Riverwalk' keeps rolling along

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 20, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Tim Duncan remains a preeminent player on the NBA’s best team in the regular season and what’s looking like the best team in the playoffs, too. But the Spurs’ star knows the sun has started to set.




Berry Tramel Today at 6:02 PM Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 10:42 AM Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 8:48 AM Oklahoma State football: Van Malone challenges his cornerbacks LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:55:18 PM CST Why Cavs shouldn't trade for Kevin Love LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 12:55:25 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:45:51 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Pickups, RC Cola & mascots LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 07:17:30 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is taking a big chance on Dorial Green-Beckham LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 06:41:51 PM CST Big 12 football notebook: TCU defensive end Devonte Fields suspended LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:53:04 AM CST Big 12 football: Speed of game always a concern LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 09:37:31 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Egads, a new Mountaineer LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:41:18 AM CST Big 12 football: Coaches respond to Bob Bowlsby's 'cheating pays' LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 08:29:35 PM CST Big 12 football: Bob Bowlsby gets serious with 'cheating pays' pronouncement LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:51:12 PM CST Big 12 Football: Baylor content to stay with soft non-conference schedule LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:32:48 PM CST Big 12 football: No change in Baylor schedule LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:21:34 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Mary Kay convention & the Omni hotel LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers make their Big 12 picks LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers' preseason Big 12 player of the year selections LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: Oklahoman writers offer up three bold predictions for the season LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 05:08:59 PM CST Big 12 football: 10 big questions to be answered at Big 12 Media Days LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 03:05:27 PM CST Cotton Bowl: Loss of independents helped hasten demise LINK