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.

  • Send us your questions for OU and OSU Media Days

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    On Saturday, The Oklahoman will be at media days in Norman and Stillwater for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State football. We’ll be asking plenty of questions, and we’re asking for you to give us your best. How do we get your questions? Submit them below in the comments section, via our Facebook page, or to the […]

  • #myKDs: Tell us why you wear Kevin Durant's signature shoe

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    Kevin Durant is staying with Nike. So he gets to keep the coolest line of shoes in the game outside of Air Jordans. It’s a matter of personal opinion, but I think the KD series — particularly the KD VI’s — are some of the best looking shoes ever produced. Couple that with the unique […]

  • Big 12 battered by injuries in Week 1

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    The first week of college football was an injury-filled one for Big 12 teams. The biggest news came out of Austin, where coach Charlie Strong announced that quarterback David Ash will miss the Longhorns’ game against BYU this week due to a concussion. Sophomore Tyrone Swoopes will get his first start at quarterback in Ash’s […]

  • OSU student apologizes for 'Trail of Tears' College GameDay banner

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    On Saturday morning, a photo circulated on Twitter of an offensive banner from ESPN’s College GameDay created by Oklahoma State students that referenced the Trail of Tears. Oklahoma State University condemned the banner as “insensitive.” On Saturday night, a personal statement was released from Austin Buchanan, an OSU student who apologized for the banner: “My […]

  • OSU football: 'Trail of Tears' College GameDay sign condemned by university

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    ESPN's College GameDay has become a must-watch show every Saturday morning, so much that fans have taken to making creative signs based on the feature game each week. One sign went too far Saturday in Arlington, Texas, the site of OSU-Florida State -- Cowboys vs. Seminoles. The sign which read " Send'em home" #trail_of_tears #gopokes " was originally favorited by the Oklahoma State Twitter account, but the university issued a brief statement against the sign and its offensive message via Twitter on Saturday. In tweets to followers on Saturday, @okstate explained that it " missed the hashtag at first glance and unfavorited ."

  • Adrian Peterson talked to Jerry Jones about playing for Dallas Cowboys

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Back in December of 2013, Adrian Peterson hinted that it might be cool to play in Texas someday . Well, the Peterson-comes-home narrative has been re-ignited. In a video from released on Thursday, ESPN writer Don Van Natta Jr. discusses a June phone call Cowboys owner Jerry Jones received from Peterson when the Minnesota Vikings running back -- a native of Palestine, Texas -- indicated that he'd like to play for the Cowboys. Van Natta Jr. recalls being in Jones' suit at AT&T Cowboys Stadium in June for George Strait concert, when Jones got the call from AD. "Somebody handed Jerry Jones and iphone and said 'Adrian Peterson's on the phone," Van Natta Jr. says in the video. "Jones says 'I hear ya Adrian, I'm a fan of yours too. We'll see if we can make that happen. We're talking Pig Latin here, but we'll see if we can make that happen.'" Van Natta Jr. says he asked Jones later about the conversation and Jones confirmed to him that Peterson did ask about playing for the Cowboys. "It was really surreal," Van Natta Jr. said of the Jones-Peterson conversation. "He (Jones) didn't say anything about it right away. It was only afterward when I asked him, he was very open and blunt about it. He said 'Adrian Peterson said he would love to play for the Cowboys someday,' and he said 'I liked hearing that.'" Problem is, Peterson is under contract with the Vikings through 2017, which brings up the issue of tampering. Van Natta Jr. said Jerry Jones insists he wasn't guilty of tampering because he didn't follow up with Peterson. But Van Natta Jr. also cited an NFL provision that says if a player contacts a general manager or owner of another team, that GM or owner is obligated to inform the player's team of the communication. Jerry Jones didn't tell the Minnesota Vikings about this communication, and Van Natta is awaiting word from Peterson and the Vikings. The Cowboys currently have one former OU running back on the roster in DeMarco Murray, who had a breakout year in 2013 with 1,121 yards and nine touchdowns.

  • Kevin Durant-Under Armour-Nike: The latest in the KD shoe saga

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Kevin Durant is a free agent and he has a decision to make. Not about where he's going to play (that's not until 2016). Under Armour and Nike are currently in a tug-of-war for Durant's services. Reports surfaced last week that Roc Nation, which represents Durant, informed Nike that it had an offer on the table from Under Armour worth between $265-285 million over 10 years. Nike has the right to match any offer, but Durant can still choose Nike even if its offer comes in lower than Under Armour's. Numerous reports cited Wednesday as the deadline day for Nike to make a decision. Well, Wednesday came and people started talking. Durant's gone off to Under Armour for 10 years, $325 million. Under Armour has signed Durant for 10 years, $285 million. Nothing has been confirmed. Nothing has been announced. ESPN's Darren Rovell says Nike still has time to match Under Armour. Stay tuned.

  • OU football: Every player on the Sooners' 2013 football guide cover tore his ACL this calendar year

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Three players adorned the cover of the 2013 Oklahoma football media guide -- cornerback Aaron Colvin, fullback Trey Millard and offensive lineman Gabe Ikard. Besides being seniors, the trio has something else in common: each player has suffered a torn ACL in the last calendar year. First, it was Millard  during the 2013 season against Texas Tech (Oct. 26), then came Colvin  during Senior Bowl practice (Jan. 21). Ikard tore his ACL  playing for the Tennnessee Titans against the New Orleans Saints in the NFL preseason. "The 2013 poster curse is claiming it's last ACL this week. @AColvin114 good luck in surgery @GabeIkard," Millard tweeted Monday morning. Even Bob Stoops is a part of the club. He didn't suffer a torn ACL last season like Colvin, Ikard and Millard, but Stoops injured his knee during his college days playing defensive back for Iowa.

  • Bob Stoops texts Sam Bradford following former OU quarterback’s knee injury

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops said that he reached out to Sam Bradford via text after the former Sooners quarterback suffered another injury setback in his NFL career. Bradford tore the ACL in his left knee in the St. Louis Rams’ preseason game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, cutting his season short for the […]

  • Charlie Strong: Former Millwood standout Josh Turner 'has done everything we've asked him to do'

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Texas coach Charlie Strong said that former Oklahoma prep standout Josh Turner “has done everything we’ve asked him to do” following Turner’s brief dismissal from the team in July. Turner, the top football prospect in Oklahoma out of Millwood High School in 2011, was kicked off the UT football team this summer for a violation […]

  • Jerry Colangelo 'contractual situation' comments clarified, about Kevin Love, not Kevin Durant

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    Those interesting comments from Jerry Colangelo on Kevin Durant? Turns out, they were about Kevin Love, and were misinterpreted in various reports.

  • Kevin Durant looks ridiculously real in NBA2K15 screenshots

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Aug 14, 2014

    As many of you know, Kevin Durant is the face of the latest NBA2K video game — NBA2K15 — set for release on Oct. 7. Not much has been seen of the game other than a few teaser videos, but a high-resolution screen shot was released this week of Durant  and it’s pretty unbelievable. The […]

  • Nick Collison’s blood-stained shoes being auctioned off by Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder is auctioning off a pair of historical shoes. Nick Collison’s game-worn shoes from the April 3 game against the San Antonio Spurs are up for bid as part of the Thunder Cares August Auction. You might ask: What’s so special about these particular shoes? Well, for starters, they have NICK COLLISON’S […]

  • OKC Thunder: Who should the Thunder play on Christmas Day?

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 12, 2014

    The NBA schedule will be released on Wednesday at 5 p.m., which means Christmas comes early for Thunder and NBA fans worldwide. As for the real Christmas, the Thunder has become as much a part of the NBA’s yearly tradition as any team, playing in four consecutive Christmas Day contests. The Thunder’s last Dec. 25 […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst candidates: A look at the contenders, longshots to replace Grant Long

    By Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    Who will replace Grant Long as the Thunder TV analyst alongside play-by-play man Brian Davis? Here’s our list of contenders, longshots, and some outside of the box names for your entertainment: THE CONTENDERS Stacey King Background: Lawton native, All-American at OU and NBA first-round draft pick. Played a decade of NBA ball, winning three championship with the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s. Got into broadcasting in 2006, and has worked as the lead color commentator for the Bulls since 2008, earning popularity with a Gus Johnson-esque arsenal of catch phrases. Nancy Lieberman Background: Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer with broadcast experience on ESPN, ABC, FOX and NBC.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Who readers think should be the next Thunder TV analyst

    By Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Aug 10, 2014

    The Oklahoman asked for reader submissions on who should be the next Thunder TV color analyst. Here were some of the responses: Derek Melton (@d_rok20) via Twitter: “How about @JRsBBQ (Jim Ross) him and Brian Davis would be awesome.” Brian Lowry (via Facebook): “Kurt Thomas. He's buddies with Nick Collison from the Seattle days and still has a good feel for the league since he retired recently. I doubt Desmond Mason wants to give up on all the work he's put into his art, but you never know.” Rachel (@Rach585) via Twitter: “It should be @dmasonart (Desmond Mason)! A perfect fit for the broadcast team.

  • Kevin Durant defends Kobe Bryant on Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Kevin Durant said a few weeks back that he was deleting Twitter from his phone. That doesn’t mean he’s staying off social media all together, however. And just because he pulled out of Team USA for the summer, doesn’t mean he’s removing himself from basketball barber shop talk. Durant got into a healthy debate with […]

  • Kevin Love is going to Cleveland and how it affects the Thunder

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The trade can't be completed until Aug. 23, but Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports thath the Minnesota Timberwolves have an agreement to send Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick. West to East. That's the biggest effect on the Thunder and the league. Love moving to the Cavs is another feather in the lesser conference's hat. The Love move emphasizes NBA team's desire to lump a trio of stars together for a championship run. There have been Super Friends trios throughout NBA history, but the trend of trading and pairing up three elite players fired up with the Boston Celtics in 2008 (Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce), continued with the Miami Heat (James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade) and carries on with the Cavs. The big difference between the Western Conference super trios in that time and the East's is that the Spurs and Thunder created theirs in house. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker for the Spurs. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka for the Thunder. The Washington Wizards are thinking Super Friends 2016 with KD-John Wall-Bradley Beal. If that happened, the power balance would shift for sure. But as for now, the West is still king in talent and depth, particularly with questions in the East about Derrick Rose being able to stay healthy in Chicago and Paul George's gruesome injury sidelining him for probably all of the 2014-15 season. Love's move doesn't effect the Thunder in terms of how they're going to get out of the West. It's still San Antonio and everyone else.

  • 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 .