Erik Horne
Digital News 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.


  • Report: James Harden's $200 million Adidas bid won't be matched by Nike

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Adidas may have struck back with a major coup in the basketball shoe wars. Adidas offered James Harden a contract worth $200 million over 13 years, and Harden's former endorser - Nike -reportedly won't match, says TMZ. The former Thunder guard's Nike deal has expired, and it's time for the apparel giant to make a decision. From TMZ: "Nike had concerns about sinking that much dough into just ONE player, when it has several other superstars to sign." Thing is, Nike already handed over more money to ONE player last summer when Kevin Durant agreed to a reported 10-year deal worth between $265-285 million. Maybe Harden's payday came one year too late.

  • VIDEO: OU receiver Jeffery Mead makes crazy one-handed catch at practice

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Is that Odell Beckham Jr.? Nope, it's OU sophomore receiver Jeffery Mead. Beckham Jr. redefined the one-handed catch last season with his now-iconic ridiculous grab in a New York Giants game against the Dallas Cowboys. The 6-foot-6 Mead played copycat on Monday, the first day of OU practice in pads. pic.twitter.com/paVHJPkb9j — Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 10, 2015 Mead's catch is pretty impressive, especially since the former Tulsa Union receiver catches the ball at a pretty low point in its descent. Mead didn't have any catches for the Sooners as a true freshman, but he could be a major target this fall with those

  • OU football Q&A: After down year, OU defensive end Charles Tapper ready to get back to success of sophomore season

    By Erik HorneStaff Writer ehorne@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    At OU football media day on Saturday, the 6-foot-4, 283-pounder was candid about a “very humbling” 2014, new defensive line coach Diron Reynolds and why he changed his cell phone number.

  • Big 12 coaches talk anonymously about OU, Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Athlon Sports set out to get a gauge of how the Big 12's coaches felt about the state of their opponents' programs. Well, they succeeded with an anonymous take on each school in the conference. You can read about each school here, but below are are a few snippets on OU and OSU with the rest in Athlon's column: One coach on Oklahoma: “I don’t know who’s going to be the quarterback. And that’s a question mark. But they obviously have great running backs.” “It’s hard to fathom them not having a great quarterback, but everybody misses in recruiting at times. And then if you miss on a guy like the quarterback, that can set you back. They’ve

  • Eagles fan starts 'Have Pope Francis Bless Sam Bradford's Knees' petition

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A healthy Sam Bradford is the hopes and dreams of Philadelphia Eagles fans. The team already traded a starting quarterback (Nick Foles) for the oft-injured Bradford, and if the former OU All-American gets hurt, that means the Eagles may be one step closer to Tim Tebow at QB. So, Eagles fan Pratik Patel has started a petition on change.org called "Have Pope Francis Bless Sam Bradford's Knees." The pope is visiting Philadelphia Sept. 26-27, so what better time for him to give Bradford - who's coming back from a 2014 ACL tear - his blessing. He's one of the most powerful and influential men in the world (even though he promised not to abuse his power in the name of hist beloved

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on USA Men's National Team Minicamp roster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the 34 players on the roster for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp, which was announced on Thursday. The minicamp will take place Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas. Durant, who is still recovering from a foot surgery he underwent in March, will reportedly not participate in on-court drills. Both Durant and Westbrook were among several players who withdrew from USA Basketball before the FIBA World Cup last summer. The OKC star is still recovering from the foot surgery that ended his season, but he clearly wants to be part of program for '16 Olympics.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp again

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant is notoriously merciless when it comes to playing against kids at his camps. His harsh shot rejections are the stuff of legend. He was back at it Thursday morning at his KD ProCamp. @royceyoung Kevin Durants snapchat is hilarious. He's picking on kids at his camp this morning lol pic.twitter.com/MjOMALkCXo — Kyle Boone (@k_boonie) August 6, 2015 There's another day of camp tomorrow, which means more swats for the kids.

  • Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel's dad knows the recruiting game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    SB Nation recently produced a piece entitled "8 pieces of advice from parents of star college football recruits," and the dad of 2016 Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel basically took it over. SB Nation talked to numerous parents of top-flight recruits, but Murray Starkel is the most prominent. He offers commentary on the business of recruiting, academics, social media (Nick already knows a little about the Twitter game), concussions, and the amount of investment put into the recruiting process. For example:   On being flexible:  "(Nick is) going to have additional interest from other schools, and things could change at the school he's

  • Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel trolls OU with #OSUDNA photo

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    You know it's officially football season when rival schools start going back and forth. The Bedlam rivalry has gotten re-ignited via social media the past few days with barbs between Oklahoma State and Oklahoma fans and commits with the hashtags #OSUDNA and #OUDNA. OU's athletics department starting using the hashtag to promote the program as a whole and commitments and fans have followed suit. For example: #OUDNA You can't make it up. Either you have it or you don't! — Chip Viney (@OU_CoachViney) August 4, 2015 About that time. #OUDNA pic.twitter.

  • Rickie Fowler bought beer for the media after his walk-off Par 3 ace

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler was in a generous mood on Thursday at the Quicken Loans National. Starting his round on the back nine, Fowler's last hole of the day was the Par 3 No. 9 ... which he aced. WALK OFF. Rickie Fowler just aced No. 9 to shoot an opening-round 67. #QuickHits http://t.co/fOEaTsnkXW — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 30, 2015 // In celebration, Fowler provided beer for the media in attendance, along with a note that read "It's not a mortgage for a year, but enjoy a cold one on me! Cheers, Rickie!" Great move by @RickieFowler. He aced par 3 9th and bought drinks for media members. The

  • Drake pays homage to Joe Carter, Blue Jays via Meek Mill diss track 'Back to Back'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    If you haven't heard, rappers Drake (he of "against-the-rules recruiting of Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors" fame) and Meek Mill are in a rap beef of sorts (here's a quick explanation of the feud). Somehow, Oklahoma City native/Millwood alum and Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter has become a random footnote in it all. On Wednesday, Drake - a Toronto native - released a scathing diss track online about Mill entitled "Back to Back," in which the title line refers to Drake's boast that "they 'gon ask if can play this s*** baaaaaaaack to back.

  • Kirk Herbstreit hasn't forgotten his Boone Pickens Stadium earthquake experience

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Kirk Herbstreit will never, ever forget his trips to Stillwater. The Internet won't let him, either. The ESPN college football analyst reminded everyone on Tuesday just how spooked he was while broadcasting at Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium in 2011. Herbstreit (who was perched high atop Boone Pickens Stadium) was talking to Chris Fowler on ESPN after the Cowboys' 52-45 win over Kansas State when the aftershock of a 5.6 earthquake visibly scared the living daylights out of him. And gifted us with the above iconic photo. And that was just the first time Herbstreit happened to be in Stillwater for an earthquake. Another one struck six miles northeast of Stillwater on the eve of

  • Tennessee football using Jack Daniel's theme for 2015 tickets

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Double tap if you love the look of our 2015 tickets! A photo posted by Tennessee Football (@vol_football) on Jul 27, 2015 at 6:27pm PDT // // I'm not a whiskey drinker myself, but this is cool. The University of Tennessee is embracing its state's whiskey-industry roots with a Jack Daniel's-esque spin on its 2015 football season tickets.

  • Lakers free agent signings were asked about Kobe Bryant and it got quiet and awkward

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Los Angeles Lakers introduced three new free agent signings - Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass - on Wednesday, and things got a little weird when Kobe Bryant was brought up. Reporter: "Have any of you guys heard from Kobe, and if so, what did he say?" Players: Awkward. A video posted by Dave McMenamin (@davemcten) on Jul 22, 2015 at 11:29am PDT // That is some loud

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook impersonator back with James Harden, Tim Duncan videos

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A few weeks ago, @BdotAdot5 - an overseas professional basketball player and self-proclaimed "social media icon," posted video of his spot-on Russell Westbrook impression. The video went viral and even Westbrook thought it was funny. Well, he's back, this time with impressions of James Harden and Tim Duncan that are hilarious and accurate. First, Duncan:  Tim Duncan be like… (IB: @ericvdunn) FT: @JHDeuce & @That_Guyy23 #MrFundamental pic.twitter.com/8szScRB5lO — B.A. (@BdotAdot5) July 21, 2015 And the joy of Harden: This impersonation of #JamesHarden by @BdotAdot5 is SPOT ON.

  • Baylor's Shawn Oakman on OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah: 'Who's that?'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman is no stranger to controversy at Big 12 Media Days. Last season, he took shots at OU and the Sooners' win against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. On Tuesday, he (intentionally or not) slighted fellow All-Big 12 defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah of Oklahoma State. Shots fired. RT @CowboysRFF: Shawn Oakman when asked about Emmanuel Ogbahs game: "Who that?" — OK State (@TheOkiePokie) July 21, 2015 // Briles talks about people not knowing Baylor players' names. At same time, Shawn Oakman is over asking who Emmanuel Ogbah (All-Big 12) is.

  • [UPDATE]: Big 12 not done with 'One True Champion' slogan

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    New year, new slogan for the Big 12 Conference. The 10-team conference came under a lot of fire last year for its "One True Champion" mantra, and that was even before TCU and Baylor had to share the Big 12 football title. The co-champions label ultimately cost the two schools a chance at a College Football Playoff spot. On the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days on Monday, the first big change was evident. The "One True Champion" slogan wasn't out front, instead replaced by "Every Game Matters," which could be seen behind commissioner Bob Bowlsby during his opening press conference. Big 12 2015: "Every game matters" pic.twitter.

  • VIDEO: OU quarterback Baker Mayfield dances in Owen Field end zone

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Baker Mayfield strikes again. The OU quarterback had already gained national notoriety for his dancing abilities, but he's adding more to his resume. The latest video of Mayfield doing the "whip" has surfaced (via @caroline_kemp) and it's just as good as the first. This time, Mayfield breaks it down in what looks like the Owen Field end zone. A touchdown celebration to come?

  • Want to send your kid to Kevin Durant's camp? All it takes is a game face

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Do you know someone who deserves a spot at the Kevin Durant Basketball Camp? Post a selfie of your first through sixth grader's best game face using #GameFaceOK to your favorite social media outlet, and you could win one of three passes to the 2015 Kevin Durant Basketball ProCamp, which will be Aug. 6-7. For complete contest rules, visit oklahoman.com/bestsports.

  • Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart on rosters for first NBA game in Africa

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will join players from around the NBA in the league's first game in Africa on Aug. 1. Ibaka, a native of the Congo, will represent Team Africa but will not play due to injury. Smart, the former Oklahoma State standout, will play for Team World in the sold-out exhibition at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa, coached by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will be comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. Thunder assistant Monty Williams will be on Popovich's staff for Team Africa. Team World will be coached by Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel





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