Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor

Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.


  • Energy FC: Jimmy Nielsen, Sporting Kansas City players visit The White House

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Before he took over as head coach of Energy FC in its inaugural season in USLPro, Jimmy Nielsen was the winning goalkeeper for 2013 Major League Soccer champion Sporting Kansas City. And we all know what happens if you win an American professional sports championship: You get to go to The White House. Baller. #SportingKC […]

  • OU football: Four reasons why the Sooners are the most likely College Football Playoff contender to go unbeaten

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 30, 2014

    Which College Football Playoff contender is the best bet to go undefeated? Florida State and Oklahoma are the choices of ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, respectively. McShay picks the Sooners for a number of reasons most who've watch OU play this season already know: 1. Trevor Knight is a good quarterback and getting better . McShay's case for Knight: "While he might not be ready just yet to lead his team to a come-from-behind win in obvious passing situations, I think he will be by the end of the season. His touch and ball placement on the shorter, quick-hitting throws in this offense are essential to its success, he has flashed good ability as a downfield passer, and his intangibles are excellent." We'll see what happens as the Big 12 slate gets tougher. We saw Knight tear up Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but in four games this season, he hasn't really been pressed to make any game-changing plays. Why? No. 2 is why. 2. The running game could be one of the best in the country by the end of the season . No brainer. McShay lauds Tyrus Thompson and Daryl Williams as "future NFL tackles" before he mentions the Sooners' stable of RBs in Samaje Perine, Alex Ross and Keith Ford. Even without Ford, who will  miss his second consecutive game this week against TCU, OU was unstoppable on the ground against West Virginia. 3. The defense is back to having the elite-level talent it did during the early- and mid-2000s . I've been hesitant to say it, since I wanted to see how his back would hold up, but I'll go ahead and say what I've been thinking for the better part of a year: defensive tackle Jordan Phillips is a serious prospect 2015 NFL Draft, even as a redshirt sophomore. He's that good. McShay thinks so too. From McShay: "Phillips possesses outstanding athleticism for a man who is 6-6 and 334 pounds, and not only can he occupy blockers, but he is able to shed blocks and pursue and make plays." Besides Phillips, OU has an NFL-potential player at every level of the defense. 4. Oklahoma's schedule is tougher than Florida State's, but it's still managable . If you don't count the Red River Shootout vs. Texas in two weeks, OU has three road games to go - at TCU this week, at Iowa State (Nov. 1) and at Texas Tech (Nov. 15). They arguably may have played their toughest road game of the season already, and it turned into a runaway against West Virginia in Morgantown. Every contender remaining for the College Football Playoff (besides Florida State) has a tough road game or two left.

  • Q&A: Steven Adams talks tattoos, Tom Selleck and his reputation in the NBA

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    For his first press conference of the Thunder season, Steven Adams showed up with an extended tattoo and a mustache from the 1970s. And in between the deadpanning about his offensive game and instructions from coach Scott Brooks, the second-year pro answered questions about his decision to not play for New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup, his reputation in the league, and more on Monday at Thunder Media Day. Q: Why the mustache? A: I was just about to say, I’m accepting no questions about the ’stache. … I don’t know. I’d seen Tom Selleck, got inspired. It’s a look I’m going for.

  • Q&A: Steven Adams talks tattoos, Tom Selleck and his reputation in the NBA

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    In his first interview of the new season, Steve Adams showed up with an extended tattoo and a mustache from the 1970s. And in between the deadpanning about his offensive game and instructions from Scott Brooks, the second-year pro answered questions about his decision to not play for New Zealand in the FIBA World Cup, […]

  • Scott Brooks: Russell Westbrook is the best point guard in basketball

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Scott Brooks was first up for the Thunder at media day on Monday, and the Thunder coach didn’t have much to say in terms of groundbreaking news. He did, however, back his starting point guard as the best in the league — a league that includes players such as Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, […]

  • Live Coverage: Thunder Media Day

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Sep 29, 2014

    Thunder season is officially here. Join Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and The Oklahoman sports team at noon as we bring you live coverage of Thunder media day with quotes, photos, video and more.

  • Name the new Dodgers Triple-A affiliate

    Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Sep 28, 2014

    In 2008, with a professional basketball team on its way to Oklahoma City, NewsOK created a 64-team bracket to determine what the team’s name would be. We asked for your submissions via NewsOK and The Oklahoman. We need your help again, only this time it’s for America’s Pasttime. In case you haven’t heard, the Oklahoma […]

  • OU football: Jed Barnett, Nila Kasitati bring musical talents to Children's Hospital

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Sep 26, 2014

    Each month, @jedbarnett44 and Nila Kasitati sing with their friends at the Children’s Hospital in OKC! pic.twitter.com/qy5E446TeC — Oklahoma Sooners (@OU_Athletics) September 24, 2014 OU is performing pretty well on the field, but the Sooners have some guys with some serious off-the-field talents as well, particularly in music. Each month, punter Jed Barnett and offensive […]

  • Derek Jeter's adorable nephew tips his cap to his uncle after Yankees' walk-off win

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    How else could Derek Jeter wrap up his final game at Yankee Stadium? The Yankee shortstop came through with a walk-off single Thursday night in a 6-5 win against the Baltimore Orioles. And Jeter’s ridiculously cute little nephew paid respect with a tip of the cap to “The Captain.”

  • OSU football: Cowboys surprise with chrome orange helmets

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Texas Tech tried to one-up Oklahoma State in the uniform game with the " White Ombre " look. It didn't work The Oklahoman's John Helsley reported in pregame that Oklahoma State had a surprise up its sleeve with its latest uniform combination. Well, OSU attempted to shoot down the hype online with this tweet. But the Cowboys came out with a never-before-seen helmet of orange chrome with a chrome facemask and a larger Pistol Pete on the side of the helmet. Sick.

  • OSU football: Texas Tech uniforms all white for game against Cowboys

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Texas Tech is trying to one-up Oklahoma State in the uniform game. The Red Raiders are going all white against Oklahoma State with their "White Ombre" uniforms designed by Under Armour. On the helmet, jersey shoulder and pant leg of the uniform is the Red Raider mascot on a horse. Thoughts?

  • OSU baseball: Schedule released for 2015 season

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Oklahoma State released the schedule Thursday for its 2015 baseball season, and the Cowboys will face nine NCAA Tournament teams from last season. The Cowboys, the defending Big 12 champions, will play 32 home games at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium, including four Big 12 series. Non-conference foes include Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington, UNLV, Wichita State, Dallas Baptist and Michigan, among others. OSU opens the season against Arizona State in Phoenix Feb. 13-15, and opens Big 12 play against TCU March 20 in Fort Worth.

  • Sam Presti: Reggie Jackson won't be traded before season; Perkins out 2 weeks to start camp

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti opened his press conference on Thursday with injury reports headed into preseason camp, as well as an update on the status of contract negotiations with Reggie Jackson . Presti said that trading Jackson before the season is not something he's even considering. The Thunder has until Oct. 31 to agree to an extension with Jackson , otherwise he will become a restricted free agent next summer. "We don't look at him as anything other than a core member," Presti said. "We want to invest in Reggie. Figuring out how best we do that is my job." Kendrick Perkins   will be out to start preseason camp with a strained quad and will be reevaluated in two weeks. Presti also said that Perry Jones and Nick Collison , who both had knee scopes in the offseason,  will be available for the start of camp.

  • PHOTO: Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker photobomb Ryder Cup Gala Dinner

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    The night before the United States took on the Euopeans in the Ryder Cup in Scotland, Rickie Folwer went 1-up with some graduate-level photobombing. Sporting his fresh new patriotic haircut , the former Oklahoma State golfer dropped an excellent photobomb on U.S. teammate Jim Furyk and Phil Mickelson. In the background with Fowler is Jimmy Walker, who was born in Oklahoma City and earned more than $5 million on the PGA Tour this season. By the looks of the U.S. team's group photo , Folwer went stag to the gala, probably so he could focus all of his efforts on shots like this. It's good, but it's still not Fowler's best .

  • OKC Thunder: What they're saying about the Oklahoma City Blue logo

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder officially announced the name and revealed the logo of its new D-League team – the Oklahoma City Blue. The Blue was formerly the Tulsa 66ers. Darnell Mayberry wrote about the team’s name potentially being the Oklahoma City Blue a few weeks ago, but it was confirmed today, along with the very […]

  • Oklahoma football: Jordan Evans says Frank Shannon is 'still a brother'

    BY JASON KERSEY, RYAN ABER AND ERIK HORNE | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    Oklahoma sophomore linebacker Jordan Evans moved into the Sooners’ starting lineup while Frank Shannon — last year’s leading tackler — was fighting a one-year suspension after he was found to have violated the university’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy. Earlier this month, Shannon lost his appeal in court, allowing OU to enforce its suspension. Shannon was with the team through its first two games, but didn’t play. “It’s weird, obviously, but at the same time, when opportunities come you’ve gotta take advantage of them,” Evans said. “When the door opened, I had opened it myself and made myself known and made myself able to do that, but it was not possible without the people around me.

  • OKC Thunder: Hasheem Thabeet says farewell to team in Instagram post

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Sep 23, 2014

    When the Oklahoma City Thunder announced that it had traded center Hasheem Thabeet to the Philadelphia 76ers, the team gave up one of its most beloved players. On Tuesday, Thabeet took to Instagram to show appreciation for his time in Oklahoma City. “I WANNA TAKE A SECOND TO THANK YOU OKC.. THE ENTIRE THUNDER ORGANIZATION […]

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Samaje Perine springs for pizza

    By Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Samaje Perine was so thankful for the offensive line that blocked for his 34-carry, 242-yard, four-touchdown performance Saturday at West Virginia that he rewarded the group with pizza.

  • Big 12 Notebook: OU trickeration trending into NFL?

    By Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    OU quarterback Trevor Knight caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Durron Neal against West Virginia. That was rare.

  • OU football: Samaje Perine superlatives: What they’re saying about the Sooners’ freshman running back

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    How can he just be a freshman? Many people were asking that question after Samaje Perine bowled over West Virginia Saturday night. The true frosh’s performance running the ball elicited some of the best quotes of the night on Twitter: Evans reaction to Perine’s power = nature video in which lion tries to take down […]