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


  • 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.

  • Report: Texas RB Joe Bergeron 5th UT player dismissed in 2 days

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The morning after dismissing four scholarship players for various reasons, Texas coach Charlie Strong sent another one packing Friday — running back Joe Bergeron. A source close to the football team confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman that Bergeron was dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules. This was after news broke late Thursday that backup running back Jalen Overstreet and defensive back Chevoski Collins were also dismissed. The Texas athletic department has not officially confirmed any of these dismissals. This comes on the heels of Strong publically suspending two Texas plays Thursday who were charged with felony sexual assault .

  • Four Thunder games on NBA's 'Top Games of the Year' ballot

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    There's no way you can say the Oklahoma City Thunder had a boring season. The NBA confirms it in its nominees for the top games of the 2013-14 season. Four of the 10 nominees had the Thunder involved. Here are the Thunder-related games nominated. You can vote for the Game of the Year here : Nov. 29, 2013 - Thunder 113, Warriors 112 (OT) Russell Westbrook drilled a stunning, turnaround 3-pointer with :00.1 on the clock to give Oklahoma City a thrilling 113-112 win over Golden State in overtime. March 21 - Thunder 119, Raptors 118 (2OT) Kevin Durant carried the Thunder with an MVP-worthy performance, scoring 51 points including the game-winning 3-pointer in the double-overtime. May 13 - Thunder 105, Clippers 104 Western Conference semifinals, Game 5: Oklahoma City came roaring back from 13 points down in the last 3:30 for a thrilling one-point win in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals. May 31 - Spurs 112, Thunder 107 (OT) Western Conference finals, Game 6: The San Antonio Spurs got a huge game off the bench from Boris Diaw and withstood a furious Oklahoma City rally to beat the Thunder in overtime. Diaw led the Spurs with 26 points on 8-for-14 shooting.

  • Sam Bradford 'full-go' for camp, says Rams coach Jeff Fisher

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Coach Jeff Fisher said Thursday that former OU quarterback Sam Bradford is "full-go" for St. Louis Rams training camp after an offseason of rehab on his surgically repaired knee. "Sam is in great shape," Fisher said per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "He's ready to go. We don't have (reservations) -- right now as we speak, as camps starts -- he's full-go." Fisher said Bradford will play in the preseason, but hinted that he may not play in the preseaon opener in two weeks against the New Orleans Saints.  

  • Reports: Texas RB Joe Bergeron dismissed from Longhorns

    Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Texas coach Charlie Strong continues to clean house. Strong has reportedly dismissed running back Joe Bergeron from the team for a "violation of team rules." After missing spring practice, Bergeron was " back in the mix ," according to Strong at Big 12 Media Days. Bergeron was the Longhorns' third-leading rusher last season with 362 yards.

  • What would the Thunder look like if all Oklahoma City’s stars came home like LeBron James?

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    An interesting exercise started when Elite Daily’s Joseph Millord presented a blog answering what every NBA team would look like if the stars from that NBA city went home like LeBron James. The premise is intriguing. What if Chicago natives played for the Bulls? Dallas natives for the Mavericks? Oklahoma City natives for the Thunder? […]

  • T. Boone Pickens writes Rickie Fowler a 'thank you' letter after British Open

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Oklahoma State billionaire booster T. Boone Pickens took time out to write former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler a handwritten letter for some kind words the British Open runner-up said on TV. Fowler called Pickens his “good friend” in a recent CNBC interview, and Pickens responded with this letter, saying he was following Fowler’s chase of the Claret Jug […]

  • The Best of Bob Stoops from Big 12 Media Days

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Bob Stoops was in a pretty good mood at Big 12 Media Days on Tuesday. From photo bombing his wife to getting a smoothie, Stoops entertained and even dropped some insight along the way. On Dorial Green-Beckham Coach Bob Stoops said DGB had potential as a man and as an individual. Made no mention of […]

  • OU football: Nick Saban had to convince team to play in 'consolation game' against Sooners

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Maybe Shawn Oakman wasn’t all wrong. Maybe Alabama doesn’t care about non-National Championship bowl games. The Baylor defensive end said Monday at Big 12 Media Days that “You realize if it’s not the national championship, Alabama don’t even care who they play,” essentially discrediting OU’s momentum-building win over the Crimson Tide in this year’s Sugar […]

  • Steve Spurrier says SEC, ACC 'follow the rules pretty well'

    erik horne | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby ruffled some feathers Monday at Big 12 Media Days by saying that "cheating pays" in today's NCAA, and that "enforcement is broken." South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier tends to disagree. While Bowlsby's comments may look like a reference to the Southeastern Conference, Spurrier says the SEC is doing alright when it comes to doing things the right way. “I think we follow the rules pretty well in our area… SEC, ACC," Spurrier said. This comes on the heels of Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher saying Monday the Seminoles didn't punish quarterback Jameis Winston for shoplifting because "it was not done with intent." Tramel wrote in his column for Tuesday's Oklahoman that it's more than just the SEC on alert: "It’s easy to write off Bowlsby’s bomb as a shot across the bow at the SEC. Finger-pointing at a league long cast as breaking the rules it didn’t have time to bend. But Bowlsby cut a wide swath. He was talking about the need for a cultural change, in both attitude and resources."

  • Big 12 Media Days: Commissioner Bob Bowlsby Uncut

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Here are some of the best sights and sounds from Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby’s opening address at Big 12 Media Days on Monday in Dallas: “Numerically challenged” Bob Bowlsby on the Big 12′s name, considering there are only 10 teams: “We’re numerically challenged.” Yeah, I’d say so… #onetruechampion — Jason Kersey (@jasonkersey) July 21, […]

  • OSU football: Nike shoe pays homage to Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman season

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Nike is immortalizing the “greatest season ever played” with a special edition shoe paying homage to Barry Sanders. The Air Trainer 2 Premium (release date: July 26) was specifically created in honor of Sanders’ 1988 Heisman Trophy winning campaign. From Nike: “Designed to honor the “greatest season ever played,” the latest Air Trainer 2 pays […]

  • Thunder-Sonics title tag: Designer says it won't happen; Thunder quiet; your votes

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Wednesday, there was a healthy discussion about whether or not the Thunder should recognize the Seattle SuperSonics’ 1979 title on its jersey for the 2014-15 season should the league’s proposed “gold mark” idea go through. The response fell somewhere between “rabidly opposed” to a simple “no.” And that was on both sides of the […]

  • Fill out your own Big 12 football preseason poll

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The media gets to vote. So do the coaches. Why shouldn’t you? Rank the Big 12 teams heading into the preseason and we’ll publish the results in The Oklahoman this week. Thanks for participating.  

  • How The Oklahoman's writers voted in the Big 12 Football Preseason Poll

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    In the name of full disclosure, here’s how our OU writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber voted on the Big 12 preseason poll. Oklahoma received 47 first-place votes to Baylor’s nine to sit atop the preseason poll. Here was my Big 12 ballot: 1. Oklahoma 2. Baylor; 3. Tech; 4. K-State; 5. Texas; 6. TCU; […]

  • VOTE: Should the Thunder recognize the Seattle SuperSonics' NBA championship on its jersey?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The NBA is tweaking it jerseys next season to reflect titles won in a franchise’s history. A gold tag on the center of the collar on the back of each jersey will represent a title-winning team. If a franchise has won multiple titles, it’s indicated on the tag (ex. the Detroit Pistons have three titles […]

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks replay, Donald Sterling, a midseason tournament and expansion

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Adam Silver held court following the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting on Tuesday night. Among the topics:   No expansion Silver: There are no plans to expand at this time and no teams are considering relocation. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 16, 2014 My two cents: Any time you have teams with losing records […]

  • Kevin Durant in 2016: Steven A. Smith thinks it's Wizards vs. Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    Kevin Durant is two years away from free agency, but the talk won’t cease between now and then about where he’ll play in the future. Oklahoma City or somewhere else? It’s not going away. With LeBron James recently deciding to go back to Cleveland, the conversation of stars going home has turned to the league […]