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


  • Kevin Durant on 2016: ‘Who knows what will happen’

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Kevin Durant told reporters at Team USA Basketball camp on Tuesday that he loves it in Oklahoma City, but doesn’t know what will happen when free agency hits in 2016. “I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant said. It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in […]

  • Kevin Durant is the last star standing for Team USA

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The star power is fading from Team USA this summer. First it was Russell Westbrook. Then Blake Griffin. Then Kevin Love. Griffin, the former OU dunk machine, decided to withdraw from Team USA duties last week, citing that he wanted to get ready for the upcoming season. Reports surfaced Monday night that Griffin has a […]

  • Report: Blake Griffin has back fracture

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Last week, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA Basketball camp , saying he was doing so to devote his energy to preparing for the 2014-15 season. ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne is reporting that the former OU star also has a small fracture in his back. From ESPN: "Griffin is expected to make a full recovery from the injury, which sources say was suffered during the playoffs. However, doctors advised him to sit out international competition this summer for precautionary reasons." With Griffin and Kevin Love both witdrawing from Team USA, the frontcourt depth is thin, particularly at power forward. Atlanta Hawks PF Paul Millsap was added to the roster on Monday.

  • Report: Sooners to play Houston in 2016 Advocare Texas Kickoff

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    The Houston Chronicle reports that the University of Houston will open the 2016 season against Oklahoma in the Advocare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston. LSU and Wisconsin will play in this year's game, while Texas A&M and Arizona State are slated to play in the 2015 edition. Oklahoma State and Mississippi State played in the inaugural game in 2013. Houston and OU have only met twice, with the Sooners winning both times -- 40-14 in the 1981 Sun Bowl and 63-13 in Norman in 2004.

  • WATCH: Big 12 football coaches read mean tweets

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Big 12 coaches took some time out during Big 12 Media Days to read some mean tweets people sent them on Twitter. There's some funny stuff from Paul Rhoads (Iowa State), Dana Holgorsen (West Virginia), Kliff Kingsbury (Texas Tech), Art Briles (Baylor) and Gary Patterson (TCU). Unfortunately Bob Stoops (OU), Mike Gundy (OSU), Charlie Strong (Texas), Charlie Weis (Kansas) and Bill Snyder (Kansas State) didn't participate (although, I'm sure you'd be hard-pressed to find something mean about Snyder).

  • OU football: Trevor Knight ranked No. 81 in ESPN's top 100 College Football rankings

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Editors and writers from ESPN ranked the top 100 college football players. OU quarterback Trevor Knight tied for No. 81. From ESPN.com: "There might not have been a better bowl game performance by a quarterback last year than Knight's against Alabama. But will Knight be a one-hit wonder? Or will the sophomore take the Sooners back into championship contention after a five-year hiatus?" Knight is tied at 81 with, ironically, an Alabama player -- wide receiver Christion Jones. ESPN is revealing its top 100 players throughout the week, ending with Nos. 10-1 on Friday.

  • OU football: Sooners in final 5 for top defensive end Keisean Lucier-South

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Defensive end Keisean Lucier-South of Orange, Calif., has Oklahoma in his final five schools, according to ESPN.com. Lucier-South (6-foot-5, 218 pounds), the No. 28 overall recruit in the ESPN 300 for the Class of 2015, has narrowed his list to OU, Florida, Michigan, Oregon and UCLA. Lucier-South has consistently mentioned OU, Florida and Oregon as favorites, according to Erik McKinney of ESPN.com. Lucier-South says he plans to visit all five schools. Lucier-South is rated as the No. 6 defensive end nationally by ESPN, and is the No. 2 DE and a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com. In addition to his top five, he has offers from Alabama, USC, Texas, Florida State, LSU and Notre Dame, among others.

  • OU football: Tide won the Sugar Bowl, according to T-shirts in Alabama TJ Maxx

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    When is this getting to Oklahoma? The shirt above (priced at a reasonable $7.99) is reportedly being sold in a Foley, Ala., TJ Maxx store. The shirt, which says "2014 Sugar Bowl Champions" and has an Alabama "A" on it, was clearly printed before the Tide was upset 35-21 in the Sugar Bowl by OU. Add this one to the  great tradition of preemptively printed tees.

  • Three questions: Ryan Aber talks Joe Mixon, Frank Shannon and OU eligibility

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Plenty of questions today on the OU chat with Ryan Aber. From Joe Mixon to the Sooners’ defense to recruiting, engagement was great for one of the first chats of football season. Here were some of the highlights: JOE MIXON Comment From Paula Seems to me like the FINE writers at NEWSOK have already CONVICTED […]

  • Attorney expresses confidence about Devon Thomas’ case

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Oklahoma State freshman running back Devon Thomas made an appearance in Tulsa County District Court on Monday, with a preliminary hearing continued until Aug. 18. Thomas pleaded not guilty to felony charges of shooting with intent to kill, robbery with a firearm and first-degree burglary. Thomas' attorney Steve Hjelm said Monday that he hopes "we get this all behind us," and that he's anxious to question witnesses in the case. Mike Gundy’s stance – to allow the legal process to run its course before making a decision on Thomas’ future with the Cowboys – is the “is the responsible thing for him to do,” says Hjlem.

  • Stephen A. Smith apologizes on ESPN's 'First Take'

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    On Friday’s First Take, Stephen A. Smith made remarks that spawned controversy in the wake of the NFL’s decision to suspend Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was recently involved in a domestic dispute with now wife. Smith made a formal apology on Monday for those remarks (those original remarks can be seen here ). "I do sincerely apologize. I did an incredibly poor job of asserting my point of view this past Friday," Smith said. "'I'm sorry' doesn't do the matter its proper justice, to be quite honest." Smith said he was raised by four older sisters and "the greatest mother in the world." Smith added that he's spoken out against domestic violence all of his life, and his primary reason for doing so is because he's dealt with domestic violence in his own family. ESPN issued this statement Monday: “We will continue to have constructive dialogue on this important topic. Stephen’s comment last Friday do not reflect our company’s point of view. As his apology demonstrates, he recognizes his mistakes and has a deeper appreciation of our company values.”

  • Mike Gundy celebrates baseball championship with son

    Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

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  • Blake Griffin replaced by John Wall on US World Cup roster

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall has been added to the U.S. player pool for this summer's World Cup of Basketball. Wall will replace former OU star Blake Griffin on the roster. Griffin said Thursday that he was pulling out of the U.S.'s player pool for the FIBA World Cup. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kevin Love are among the players expected to report to training camp July 28-Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

  • Two Texas players under investigation 'immediately eligible'

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Charlie Strong and the University of Texas had a long day of letting players go on Friday, but at least two players get to stick around. UT announced that two players under NCAA investigation for accepting a meal from an agent are "immediately eligible for competition." Texas officials didn't release the names of the players, but reports of the players  possibly losing their NCAA eligibility surfaced last week.

  • LOOK: Baylor's McLane Stadium photos are spectacular

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Fresh off its first Big 12 football championship in school history, Baylor is riding a wave of momentum into 2014. A new stadium will do that. The Big 12 showed off the latest photos of McLane Stadium, set to open in time for Baylor's home opener against SMU on Aug. 31. OU misses out on the waterfront stadium experience this season (Baylor at OU, Nov. 8) but Oklahoma State gets a taste of Waco's newest attraction on Nov. 22.

  • Report: Lakers offer coaching job to Byron Scott

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott, according to league sources. Scott reportedly received an endorsement from Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996. Scott was made a verbal offer by owner Jim Buss on Thursday, according to ESPN. Scott was the coach of the Oklahoma City Hornets when the team was relocated to OKC following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

  • Former OU receiver Kenny Stills leaves Saints camp with quad injury

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Former OU receiver Kenny Stills had to leave New Orleans Saints training camp practice on Friday with a right quadriceps injury. Stills pulled up lame on a pass route when the quad flared up on a play. Saints coach Sean Payton said Stills had similar tightness two weeks ago. Stills had 32 receptions for 641 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie in 2013, and  led the NFL in yards per reception (20.0).

  • Charlie Strong's purge at Texas reminiscent of Mike Gundy's first offseason

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    New Texas coach Charlie Strong has dismissed six players during the last two days, including  former Oklahoma prep star Josh Turner on Friday. The Tulsa World's John E. Hoover draws comparison to when Mike Gundy booted nine players from the Oklahoma State program in his first seven months.  

  • Former Millwood standout Josh Turner dismissed from Texas

    staff reports | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Charlie Strong's rampage through the UT football program continues. Former Millwood All-State player Josh Turner has been dismissed from the team for a "violation of team rules," as reported by Orangebloods.com. Turner, a senior, was entering this season as one of the most experienced players on the Longhorns' defense . Turner was the top prospect out of Oklahoma in the 2011 class. He becomes the seventh player dismissed from the Texas program in a two-day stretch by Strong, who also dismissed  third-leading rusher Joe Bergeron and linebacker Kendall Thompson on Friday morning.

  • Nick Saban admits he was afraid of Santa Claus, wears a Luigi hat

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    This isn't news. Now that we got that out of the way, brighten up your day with Alabama coach Nick Saban admitting he was afraid of Santa Claus and putting on a Luigi hat. ESPN's Colin Cowherd suggests Saban should wear a hat a couple of times this year. Saban says he wouldn't wear one in a game, but would put one on in the "Cage Confidential." Cowherd: "Can I put something on (you) and see if you like it?" Saban: "I'll assume I won't but you can." Then Saban transforms into Luigi and everyone's life changes for the better.