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.

  • Tell us who should be the next Thunder TV analyst

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    There will be a new Thunder TV team in 2014-15. We need to get this figured out. The combination of Brian Davis and Grant Long had become a Thunder television staple since the team arrived in 2008. But with Long resigning in July after six seasons on the Thunder broadcast, there’s a void that needs […]

  • PHOTO: Rickie Fowler drops parking lot photobomb on Tiger Woods at PGA Championship

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    Tiger Woods showed up for a practice round at the PGA--SO WHAT? RICKIE FOWLER TIME! With all the buzz about whether or not Woods would play the PGA Championship, even a sighting of him at Valhalla Country Club in Louisville, Ky., on Wednesday was news. As people scrambled to verify that Woods was on the grounds, Fowler cut in front of some photographers in the parking lot. It's rare that you see the frontal photo bomb, but Fowler pulled it off . Truth is, we should be paying more attention to Fowler, who's going for his fourth top-five finish in a major this season. The former Oklahoma State golfer was runner-up at the British Open a few weeks ago. Fowler probably has a better chance at winning the PGA Championship this weekend than Woods, who had to withdraw from the Bridgestone Invitational final round on Sunday due to back issues .

  • Drake tries to recruit Kevin Durant to Toronto

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Aug 5, 2014

    Rapper Drake did his best to recruit Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors last weekend. Drake, an avid basketball fan and friend of Durant's (who's even shouted him out in songs) tried his darndest at OVO Fest in Toronto to get the crowd excited about a potential KD to Canada sell in 2016. "I just wanna show one of my brothers something. My brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just wanted to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto," Drake said. A mild KD chant starts in the arena before Drake moves on. The rumors have been hotter about Durant to Washington, but that won't keep Drake and friends from trying their luck. Newly-resigned guard Greivis Vasquez has also professed his desire to get Durant, his former high school teammate , in Canada.

  • Thunder Thursday OT: Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater talk Durant in 2016, starting spots and the 'cheap' label

    Erik Horne, Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    We had some leftover questions from our Thunder Thursday hangout, so Thunder writers Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater went at the extras roundtable-style. Here are their responses. As always, you can check out our Thunder Thursday live show each week — Thursday at 2 p.m. on From John Wall : Any chance that my […]

  • If OU, OSU football had scratch and sniff tickets what would they smell like?

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    Oregon athletics is always pushing the envelope, and they're continuing to do so with scratch and sniff tickets. Yes, you read that right. And they smell like buns. "We've added various features to our @WinTheDay season tks over the past 12 yrs -- This one is no exception," said the @OregonDuckTix Twitter account Wednesday. Carl's Jr. is partnered up with Oregon, and the tickets will have a sticker/decal that smells like "fresh baked buns." Awesome idea. So what's next in the evolution of season tickets? How can we bring this to the state of Oklahoma ASAP. What would the scratch and sniff options be for OU and OSU? Clearly, barbeque is an option for both, but what businesses could throw their hats into the fire? Be nice, Bedlam buddies, and give some suggestions below. What would be the best scratch and sniff options for OU and OSU season tickets?

  • Kevin Durant: Proof market size doesn’t matter

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 31, 2014

    You don’t have to play basketball in a big market to be marketable. Want proof? Look no further than Kevin Durant. The NBA’s MVP is playing for a team in the U.S.’s 41st largest television market. That’s a smaller market than 24 other NBA cities, yet Durant has more endorsements than LeBron James. Heck, Durant […]

  • Kevin Durant Q&A: Focus on 'great fans in Oklahoma City'

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 30, 2014

    On Wednesday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant sat down with ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell in Las Vegas to talk about his impending free agency in 2016, if he’s keeping up with the Washington Wizards, and the constant talk on social media about his next destination. You can watch the interview here. Q: […]

  • 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 "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 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 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 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.