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.

Top Stories

  • Phil Jackson says enough with NBA Mount Rushmores

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    The en vogue question in the NBA is “Who’s on your Mount Rushmore?” Everyone from LeBron James to Kevin Durant to Kobe Bryant has been asked the question.

  • Report: Former Sooners coach Kelvin Sampson to take leave after father's death

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Feb 18, 2014

    Former OU coach Kelvin Sampson is taking leave from his position of assistant coach with the Houston Rockets after the death of his father on Tuesday, according to reports from Yahoo!

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners rank 13th in national attendance in 2013

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Feb 17, 2014

    Against some heavy hitters from SEC and Big Ten country, Oklahoma stood its own in college football attendance in 2013.

  • Brandon Weeden: If Cleveland's out, where's the next stop?

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Brandon Weeden needs a parachute. After an overhaul of their entire front office earlier this week, the Cleveland Browns are a mess, and reports from the NFL Network said that Weeden wants a change of scenery.

  • Thunder basketball: Blazers, Warriors battling for title of 'Best OKC rival'

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    After dropping 36 points in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, Kevin Durant says he doesn't like the Blazers. The feeling is mutual. The chippy win tied the season series at 2-2, but Durant was still seething a little after the victory. “We respect this team, they respect us,” Durant told reporters. “But we don't like them and they don't like us. That's point-blank.” LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers echoed that when told of what Durant said: “We don’t care to like them," said Aldridge. "We’re not trying to make friends out there. We’re trying to win games.” It seems as if the Thunder is one-half of at least two must-see playoff matchups in the Western Conference. 1. Thunder vs. Trail Blazers 2. Thunder vs. Warriors If the playoffs started today, the Thunder would be the No. 1 seed in the West and would only meet the Blazers or Warriors in the second round (assuming that each team wins its first-round series). Besides an NBA Finals appearance against the Miami Heat, would there be a more compelling series in the league than Thunder-Blazers or Thunder-Warriors? In the seven games the Thunder has played against the Warriors and Blazers combined this season, OKC is 4-3. Each game has been decided by an average of less than four points. Durant and Aldridge opened up the door for an awesome rivalry for years to come, but Golden State has had the most heart-stopping games with the Thunder this season. Why can't the Thunder have two rivals - one it's peaceful counterpart in annual shootout (Golden State) and the other its scrappy blow-for-blow nemesis (Portland)? As our Anthony Slater said in his post-game blog: "I wouldn't mind six or seven of these (games) come late May." Slater was talking about Thunder-Blazers, but Thunder-Warriors would be just as nice.

  • Marcus Smart absent from ESPN Mock Draft top 10

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Feb 12, 2014

    In his first NBA mock draft, ESPN's college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman has a big name missing from his top 10. For the first time all season, it looks as if Marcus Smart's draft stock has taken a serious hit ... at least in on analyst's eyes. The Oklahoma State guard was projected as the top point guard coming into the 2014 NBA Draft, but Goodman has Australian export Dante Exum and even Syracuse freshman Tyler Ennis getting drafted ahead of Smart. It could be just reactionary, as GMs and analysts will come around to Smart's body of work as the draft nears in June. But this is the first mock I've seen with Smart outside of the top seven, let alone the top 10.

  • Bob Stoops was smart to stay away from the Cleveland Browns

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Feb 11, 2014

    Coming off the Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, the NFL rumor mill was hot and heavy for Bob Stoops - particularly for the Sooners’ coach headed back to his Ohio roots and potentially coaching the Cleveland Browns. As we all know now, that didn’t happen. It’s probably a good thing for Stoops it didn’t because as the days go on, the Cleveland Browns continue to show how much disarray they’re in. On Tuesday, the Browns’ website announced a full-scale clearout of their front office, as team CEO Joe Banner will step down and general manager Mike Lombardi is "departing the organization." Banner was just hired in 2012. Lombardi in 2013. Head coach Rob Chudzinski was recently canned after just one year in charge. And after Stoops entertained but ultimately spurned Cleveland (along with a long list of other coaches), the Browns settled on Buffalo Bills defensive coordinator Mike Pettine as their next head coach. Pettine's own daughter didn’t even think the job was top-notch. Did we mention the Browns’ owner is under federal investigation? #Browns tried it all during coaching search. Source says they secretly interviewed #Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen, who got a raise on 1/25 — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 11, 2014 “The purpose of these moves is to unify our team with one, unequivocal goal: Provide our fans with the winning organization they have long deserved,” owner Jimmy Haslam said in a statement Tuesday. Stoops isn’t stupid. Fifteen years of stability in Norman wins out over NFL insecurity in your native state.

  • Marcus Smart: What the nation is saying about the Oklahoma State-Texas Tech incident

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Feb 10, 2014

    On Sunday, Marcus Smart was slapped with a three-game suspension by the Big 12 for his shove of Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr during the Cowboys’ loss in Lubbock on Saturday.

  • Michael Sam: Cotton Bowl hero's announcement can change sports, perception

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    Former Missouri defensive end Michael Sam announced that he was gay Sunday, an unprecedented step for professional and collegiate athletics.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Texas Tech official says Marcus Smart claimed fan called him a racial slur

    Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Feb 9, 2014

    Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart says a racial slur was thrown his way.

  • Where Thunder forward Serge Ibaka gets his style

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    Serge Ibaka is one of the best dressed guys in the NBA.

  • Thunder extends Black History Heroes Challenge deadline for students to Feb. 12

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Feb 7, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is calling for students to take part in its sixth annual Black History Heroes Challenge, in which the deadline for submissions has been extended to Feb.

  • Iowa State coach's daughter calls out Marcus Smart for flopping

    staff reports | Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    Real reason smart didn't go to the NBA: he wanted one more year of flopping without getting fined — Paige Hoiberg (@PaigeHoiberg) February 4, 2014 Unknown to most people, the Iowa State-Oklahoma State game went into four overtimes last night. Iowa State won a big-time Big 12 battle with OSU in three OTs, and Paige Hoiberg -- the daughter of ISU coach Fred Hoiberg -- took it further with a tweet about Marcus Smart on Monday night. In only his second season as head coach, Fred Hoiberg -- aka "The Mayor" -- has done and excellent job with the Cyclones, leading them to a spot in the national rankings this season. His daughter has gone national, too. Marcus smart is majoring in acting — Paige Hoiberg (@PaigeHoiberg) February 4, 2014 Is that even a major idk — Paige Hoiberg (@PaigeHoiberg) February 4, 2014

  • James Harden opens up about Thunder days in interview

    Published: Tue, Feb 4, 2014

    In this interview with Henry Abbott of the TrueHoop Blog, former Thunder guard James Harden looks back on the NBA Finals appearance against the Heat, saying he wishes he could have it back. It's a very interesting look at a player Abbott says is "part-hero, part villain." Abbott asks Harden if the money had been equal where Harden would have ended up. It ended up they had some salary cap and money concerns and didn’t offer you as much as you could make elsewhere. If the money had been equal and you could choose OKC or Houston, where would you have chosen? Harden: Um. It’s a tough question. It’s a tough question. I don’t know. On if it could have ever lasted with the Thunder: Those were my brothers, we were focused on one thing and that was winning. If I had to take a back seat, I was comfortable with it. Just ‘cause you know the most important thing was winning. On most players never getting to the Finals: You have to cherish it every single time that you’re there. Nuggets of gold. It doesn't sound completely wistful, but it sounds like Harden knew he had a tough, life-altering decision on his hands leaving OKC. "Those were my brothers." (H/T Daily Thunder)

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Reactions to Stevie Clark's dismissal

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    On Monday morning, Oklahoma State freshman guard Stevie Clark was dismissed from the basketball team by coach Travis Ford.

  • WATCH: Fire. A sledgehammer. Hard rock. The most epic Super Bowl commercial ever

    Published: Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    Fire. A sledgehammer. Hard rock. Smoke. Retribution. It sounds like the perfect formula for a high-budget blockbuster movie trailer. Wrong. It was just a regional Super Bowl commercial by Georgia lawyer Jamie Casino. In Casino's two-minute halftime commercial written and directed by himself, the Savannah-based lawyer details how he turned his firm's focus to protecting the innocent after his brother Michael was shot and killed in 2012. Casino created the ad to "set the record straight" in regard to his brother's death. While doing so, Casino manages to blow up the Internet and throw Savannah Chief of Police Willie Lovett under the bus for "deceiving the citizens of Savannah." Without questioning his intentions, if anything, Casino definitely knows how to market himself.

  • TopGolf: What’s it all about and what does it mean for Oklahoma City?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    So a press release come sliding across my inbox Monday about something called “TopGolf,” which is coming to northwest Oklahoma City in 2015.

  • ESPN announcer's response to Kevin Durant draws Twitter heat

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Jan 30, 2014

    But in an email to media writer Mel Bracht on Thursday, Doris Burke said: “He just took me by surprise with his reaction — not because he's a believer, I'm a believer. It was an incredible demonstration of humility in the context of what has been a truly spectacular stretch.”

  • Thunder Nation: Are you a Thunder fan in another NBA city?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jan 29, 2014

    We saw you in the crowd. Who are you in the Kevin Durant jersey in Miami?

  • Tony Romo gets the last laugh against the Atlanta Hawks via Kevin Durant dagger

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 28, 2014

    In December, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys gakked a game against the Green Bay Packers on Dec.