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.


  • 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 […]

  • OU football: First-quarter observations from OU-West Virginia

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    West Virginia led 7-3 after the first quarter. OU's only points came on a Michael Hunnicutt 42-yard field goal. Some quick observations: - Had Trevor Knight hit Sterling Shepard in stride on the Sooners' first drive, Shepard might still be running. Shepard had acres of space to run in the slot, but Knight threw behind him on third-and-five, missing on a chance to get out ahead 7-0 early. Knight (5-for-12, 60 yards) did show off good arm strength, particularly outside of the pocket, and his receivers had some drops. - Hello, Samaje Perine. His first touch went for 15 yards and the true freshman saw a bulk of the carries in the first quarter -- six for 31 yards -- three times as many as sophomore Alex Ross.

  • OU football: Mixed reactions to Sooners’ alternate jerseys

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    OU is breaking out its alternate jerseys for the first time this season tonight against West Virginia. The new duds have been met with mixed reactions from the public.   The #sooner uni pic.twitter.com/aLdR95XBSA — Oklahoman Photo Dept (@NewsOKPhoto) September 20, 2014   The #sooners helmet #OUvsWVU pic.twitter.com/sKQfzDWI8Y — Oklahoman Photo Dept (@NewsOKPhoto) September 20, 2014   The current players love them, and so do the former Sooners. But some past players expressed a little saltiness for not getting a shot to wear the alternate jerseys during their time in Norman.   Can't wait to see my the young bucks in the new unis

  • OU football: Mixed reactions to Sooners’ alternate jerseys

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Sep 20, 2014

    OU is breaking out its alternate jerseys for the first time this season tonight against West Virginia. The new duds have been met with mixed reactions from the public. The current players love them, and so do the former Sooners. But some past players expressed a little saltiness for not getting a shot to wear […]

  • Big 12 coaches not surprised by Oklahoma State, West Virginia games

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Oklahoma State and West Virginia lost by a combined 16 points to Florida State and Alabama, the respective No. 1 and 2 teams in the country. Strong showing, indeed. So the question of the day was this: What does OSU’s effort against Florida State and WVU’s against Alabama say about the strength of the Big […]

  • PHOTO: Kevin Durant is ready for the Washington Nationals' playoff run

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Kevin Durant is from the Maryland/D.C. area. This is known. Which leaves him at a crossroads potentially: Root for the Baltimore Orioles or the Washington Nationals? Durant made his allegances clear when he posted an Instagram picture Thursday afternoon of himself wearing a Nationals jersey with his nickname "Easy Money" stitched on the back. "Yea man! Natitude," Durant posted. Both the Nationals (National League East) and the Orioles (American League East) have wrapped up their division titles and clinched playoff berths.

  • Dodgers fan? The Oklahoman is looking for the biggest fan in OKC

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    If you haven’t heard, the Oklahoma City RedHawks are set to become the Triple-A affiliate for the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most storied franchises in Major League Baseball history. With the Dodgers’ name comes a rich tradition, a stable of championships, and a massive fan base that dates back to the team’s origins […]

  • Texas DT Tank Jackson apologizes for coin-flip mistake against UCLA

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    Texas defensive tackle Desmond "Tank" Jackson took to Twitter to apologize for his mistake during the coin toss against UCLA on Saturday. The gaffe has received national attention following the Longhorns' 20-17 loss at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as Texas mistakenly ended up kicking off to UCLA to start the first and second halves. The Bruins won the coin toss and chose to defer to the second half, but Jackson made the mistake of telling game officials that the Longhorns wanted to kick off. He apologized with a series of Tweets Monday night and Tuesday morning. Typically, when a team wins a coin toss, they defer their option to kick or receive to the second half. The other team then (typically) chooses which end zone they want to defend to start the game. Instead of picking the end zone to defend ... Jackson picked to kick. Texas coach Charlie Strong made light of the situation Monday. “I just think the guys got overly excited,” Strong chuckled . “They (the referees) asked if they wanted to play defense and they said, ‘Yeah, let’s go play defense,’ not knowing we had the ball. “It’s a possession that we lost, but it’s done with.”

  • Big 12 notebook: Plenty has changed since OU-West Virginia shootout of 2012

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Both Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops and West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said that plenty has changed since the last time the two teams faced off in Morgantown, W.Va. Remember that shootout? OU escaped with a 50-49 win that included more than 1,400 yards of offense and tons of NFL talent on both teams. “You don’t have time to talk about the biggest change. We don’t have the time on this call,” Stoops said when asked about his team’s differences on defense from 2012 to 2014. “That’s two years ago. That’s a long time ago. We’re totally different. In every aspect. “Secondary, backers, front. Everything’s different. That’s the simplest way I can put it.” Holgorsen said: “That seems like a

  • OKC Thunder: D-League team releases 2014-15 schedule

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Sep 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder’s NBA Developmental League affiliate announced its season schedule on Tuesday, and the team will tip off its first season in Oklahoma City against the Maine Red Claws at home on Nov. 14. New for the 2014-15 season, the 18-team D-League will feature two conferences (East, West) broken into division. The Thunder […]

  • Big 12 football notebook: West Virginia's Dana Holgorsen says every week's big in Big 12

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Want to know if it’s a big week for the Big 12? Ask someone who’d know. West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen bought himself some equity in a battle with Alabama in Week 1. The Mountaineers lost 33-23, but proved they’re much improved from last season, making a similar statement as Oklahoma State did against Florida State. Holgerson’s team is one of seven Big 12 squads playing a Power Five conference (SEC, ACC, Pac 12, Big Ten, Big East) opponent this week. The 1-1 Mountaineers face Big Ten newcomers Maryland (2-0) on the road. “I think every weekend’s important,” Holgerson said.

  • Alabama coach Nick Saban at SEC Media Days: ‘We need to check ego at the door’

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Alabama coach Nick Saban had some fun things to say at SEC Media Days on Thursday. Among them: All about mindset Saban said losing last 2 games has created “a little bit different mindset w/our players” — Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 17, 2014 In case you forgot, Alabama lost in that wild finish to Auburn […]

  • Blake Griffin, Clippers teammates play flag football

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Guess Blake Griffin is feeling fine. More than a month after withdrawing from Team USA to rest up for the NBA season, the former OU All-American participated in a flag football tournament with his Los Angeles Clippers teammates Chris Paul, Matt Barnes, DeAndre Jordan and Glen "Big Baby" Davis. "Just throw it up," Griffin said in the Instagram photo showing the five players at the Athletes vs. Cancer 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Game. The game was presented by Barnes and rap artist Snoop Dogg.

  • Kevin Durant rated 95 in NBA 2K15; three other players rated above 90

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Sep 8, 2014

    Kevin Durant is the NBA's Most Valuable Player. It looks like he rates among the best in the NBA in the video game world as well. 2K Sports announced that Durant will be 1 of 4 current NBA players with an overall rating above 90, in their new rating system for NBA 2K15. Durant, who graces the cover of the game set to be released Oct. 7, will have an overall rating of 95 and will be joined in the 90s by three other players. One would presume LeBron James will be another player in the 90s, maybe even rated higher than Durant. Who are the other two players? My guess would be Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul and  Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love.

  • OSU football report card: Give us your grades

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Each week, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson give you their report cards from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football games. Now, we want yours. Grade the Cowboys in the following categories and tell us in the comments section below why you gave them those grades. The best responses will be published in The Oklahoman. Here’s a […]

  • OU football report card: Give us your grades

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Each week, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson give you their report cards from Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football games. Now, we want yours. Grade the Sooners in the following categories and tell us in the comments section below why you gave them those grades. The best responses will be published in The Oklahoman. Here’s a […]

  • WATCH: Daxx Garman throws 87-yard TD pass for Oklahoma State

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Rolls to his right. Throws across his body. Hits Brandon Sheperd in stride for an 87-yard touchdown. That's what many Oklahoma State fans have been waiting to see. Daxx Garman connected with Sheperd on the long touchdown in the second quarter to put OSU ahead 23-6 over Missouri State, showing off his arm strength, some Brett Favre-esqe improvisation, and getting the Cowboys fan base buzzing in the process. The touchdown completion was the second longest in OSU history  (Zac Robinson to Jeremy Broadway, 95 yards, 2006).

  • OU football: LB Caleb Gastelum earns scholarship from Bob Stoops

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma walk-on linebacker Caleb Gastelum is a walk-on no more. The senior from Claremore was awarded the game ball and a scholarship following the Sooners' 52-7 win over Tulsa on Saturday. The OU Football Twitter account posted that coach Bob Stoops made the announcement following the win. Gastelum recorded his first career sack against the Golden Hurricane. The 6-foot-2, 217 pounder had three tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in the Sooners' opening week win over Louisiana Tech.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Missouri State

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    Oklahoma State seeks its first win of the season as it welcomes Missouri State to Stillwater. Follow our live coverage with John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and more from The Oklahoman sports team.

  • WATCH: OU running back Alex Ross runs away from Tulsa on 82-yard touchdown

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Sep 6, 2014

    OU running back Alex Ross made up for a Sooner penalty with a gamebreaking touchdown run in the second quarter against Tulsa. One play prior to Ross’ 82-yard touchdown run, Sooners defensive tackle Jordan Phillips scooped up a fumble and ran it back for a 69-yard touchdown. Pretty impressive for a 6-foot-6, 340-pound defensive tackle. […]