Erik Horne
Digital News 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.


  • VIDEO: Paul Pierce does Russell Westbrook impression with reporters

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jan 19, 2015

    Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce joked with reporters on Saturday, pulling a Russell Westbrook by continually saying “we executed.” Pierce even donned some oversized eyewear to complete the Westbrook look. He finished up with an “I don’t like you,” a reference to Westbrook’s answer to a Berry Tramel question following Friday’s Thunder-Warriors game. Even better: […]

  • OU football: What Cardale Jones staying at Ohio State means for Braxton Miller, Sooners

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jan 15, 2015

    After starting just three games in his Ohio State career, quarterback Cardale Jones declared for the NFL Draft on Thursday. Following injuries to Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, Jones -- a redshirt sophomore -- led the Buckeyes to three wins to close out the 2014-15 season. The three wins happened to be the three most important games of Ohio State's season - the Big Ten Championship game (59-0 over Wisconsin), the College Football Playoff semifinal (42-35 over Alabama) and the College Football Playoff championship game (42-20 over Oregon). So what does Jones' decision mean for Miller? The senior never played a down this season after suffering a preseason shoulder injury. He will graduate in the spring and could transfer to another FBS school and be immediately eligible. But since Jones is leaving, does that convince Miller to stick around and battle Barrett -- a redshirt freshman -- for the starting spot? The Oklahoman's Jason Kersey asked whether or not OU would make a call to Miller . That was before Jones' decision to turn pro, however. Miller  told ESPN.com this week that he hasn't decided whether or not he'll return to Ohio State next season. If he doesn't, Miller could be a major recruiting coup for a number of programs like OU. Florida State, Oregon, Duke and LSU are schools Miller has reportedly shown interest in .

  • What Big 12 football teams would look like in rival colors

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Ever wonder what OU’s jerseys would look like in burnt orange? How about Texas if its colors were crimson and cream? If you’re a fan of each school, the answer is probably a resounding “no.” But someone went through the effort of creating images of what Big 12 schools would look like if they wore […]

  • OSU football: T. Boone Pickens says he pulls for Mike Gundy during Twitter Q&A

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Oklahoma State mega booster T. Boone Pickens took to Twitter to answer some questions Tuesday via #AskBoone. Pickens talked about everything from basketball to staying healthy, but his best came when asked about OSU football coach Mike Gundy. .@BellaPoke I pull for Gundy every time our team takes the field. How could I ever pull […]

  • Big 12 football: Oklahoma 25-to-1, Oklahoma State 50-to-1 to win 2015 College Football Playoff

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Despite its ugly finish to the 2014 season, Oklahoma is still one of the Vegas favorites to win the 2015 College Football Playoff. According to Bovada.lv’s football futures, OU is a 25-to-1 favorite to win the championship. Ohio State is the super-early odds leader at 5-to-1, followed by TCU (15/2), Alabama (10/1), Oregon (14/1) and […]

  • OU football: Media, players show respect for Bobby Jack Wright

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Media members, OU players and more showed their appreciation for Bobby Jack Wright, the Sooners assistant who officially announced his retirement from coaching on Tuesday. My man @OU_CoachWright is about to log some serious hours on the golf course. Great guy and was a hell of a lot of fun to be around. — Gabe […]

  • OU football: Lincoln Riley hire met with media approval, mixed fan reaction

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    East Carolina offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley is taking the same position with OU. Most in the media seem to think it’s a great hire. If I was an #Oklahoma fan, I’d be thrilled with hire of Lincoln Riley as Sooners new OC. He’s passed up some big jobs before taking #OU. — Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) […]

  • OKC Thunder: Dion Waiters can't wear No. 13 because of James Harden

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    On Tuesday, Thunder writer Anthony Slater first reported that newly-acquired Thunder guard Dion Waiters would wear No. 23 when he arrived. Anyone who’s played basketball before knows that’s the number Michael Jordan made iconic. That’s a burden to bear. In his first media availability Wednesday, Waiters said he didn’t want MJ’s number, however. He wanted […]

  • VIDEO: UCLA's Jim Mora Jr. blows off postgame handshake from Kansas State's Bill Snyder

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    UCLA beat Kansas State 40-35 in the Alamo Bowl, another tough loss for a Big 12 team in bowl season. But did Bruins coach Jim Mora Jr. turn out to be the biggest loser? At the end of the game, Mora pulled away quickly from Kansas State coach Bill Snyder as the Wildcats legend was trying to give him a postgame handshake. In the postgame presser, Mora claimed he didn't realize he disrespected Snyder.

  • Why OU, Oklahoma State fans should watch the Under Armour All-America game

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Jan 2, 2015

    If you're an Oklahoma or Oklahoma State fan, you might want to tune in to the Under Armour All-America game today (ESPN2, 3 p.m.). Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali , five-star receiver  Tyron Johnson (Warren Easton/New Orleans, La.) and four-star linebacker  Anthony Wheeler (Dallas Skyline) are all set to make college announcements at the game today, and each has either OU or OSU in their final list of schools. Wariboko-Alali will choose between UCLA, Ohio State and Oklahoma; Johnson is down to Texas Tech, LSU, Oklahoma State, Auburn and Georgia; and Wheeler is down to Baylor, LSU, Oklahoma and Texas. Also among the players making their college choices today are five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle and four-star running back Ronald Jones. Settle was at one time considering Oklahoma State, and Jones was the Cowboys' highest-ranked commitment before decommitting in December . Jones, whose sister is a student at Oklahoma State,  said it was "very tough" to tell the Cowboys he had a change of heart.

  • Thank you, Doug McNiven ... and all of our readers

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jan 1, 2015

    A few weeks ago, we here at The Oklahoman put out a call for the biggest Michigan State fan in the Oklahoma City area who was a subscriber to the paper. Numerous people responded to the call on social media, and we selected Doug McNiven as the recipient of an autographed football from former MSU […]

  • OU-Clemson: The final Twitter reaction to the Sooners' 40-6 loss

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    It wasn’t much better than the first half, but here are the “best” Twitter reactions from OU’s ugly performance in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson. HEY, THAT’S ME. I’m sensing a theme here … #RussellAthleticBowl pic.twitter.com/24sjix7920 — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) December 30, 2014 KNIGHT MUSINGS I would imagine that Trevor Knight feels a little […]

  • OU-Clemson: The Twitter reaction to the Sooners and Tigers at halftime of the Russell Athletic Bowl

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 29, 2014

    ICYMI: Clemson’s First Play Results In 65-Yard TD Video – via @ESPN Champ Drive http://t.co/pMRGZOx32Q — Russell Athletic (@RussellAthletic) December 29, 2014 Great start, right? OU came out with penalties, poor tackling and poor offensive execution, as Clemson jumped out to a 27-0 lead at halftime. Twitter was in a bad place. NO SUGAR COATING […]

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant back on the court ... with kids

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    He didn’t play in the Thunder’s 98-75 win over the Charlotte Hornets, but Kevin Durant participated in shootaround on Friday, an indication that he’s close to a return from his ankle sprain. He didn’t look too shabby after Friday’s game, either, as he was lifting kids up for dunks in postgame among some pleas of […]

  • Thunder-Hornets first-half observations

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder shot out to a commanding start against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half, leading 59-40. Here are three observations (you can also follow our live coverage here): 1. Westivus continues: Since it’s the holiday season, and in honor of colleague Jason Kersey, I’ve deemed this recent run of excellent play […]

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Matt Romar leaves practice in ambulance

    By Jason Kersey, Erik Horne and Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    OU coach Bob Stoops reported that doctors and trainers believed Romar to be fine but ordered X-rays as a precaution.

  • OU chat recap: Ryan Aber talks transfers, QB competition and which conference has the clout

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 26, 2014

    There was plenty to talk about on the Power Lunch chat Friday. OU beat writer Ryan Aber answered questions about the Sooners ranging from players who are potentially on the way out to what will happen with the quarterback competition in the spring. Here’s some of the best: Question from Aaron: Do you think Keith […]

  • OKC Thunder: Kendrick Perkins says Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins told Yahoo Sports Friday that former teammate Rajon Rondo wanted out of Boston. Rondo, who was teammates with Perkins with the Celtics from 2006 to 2010, was traded to the Dallas Mavericks on Thursday, shifting even more point guard talent to the Western Conference. “(Rondo) wanted out, but he […]

  • OU football: Sooners take awesome Christmas card photo

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    Some OU football players are in the holiday spirit. Several of the Sooners sent out a Christmas photo over Twitter Friday morning. Included in the photo are roommates/teammates Ty Darlington, Cody Thomas, Connor Knight, Grant Bothun and Joey Palange. “Merry Christmas from my roommates to yours! @G_BO_ @connor_knight15 @TyDarlington56 @codythomas_12 @JoeyFingaz47,” Trevor Knight tweeted out Friday morning. There's too much awesome in this photos. In no particular order: Palange mean-mugging while holding a massive five-pronged fork. Tacky sweaters. Darlington's very small tie. Random life-sized Bob Stoops. Miniature red tree. Cody Thomas sunglasses.

  • Kobe Bryant says Russell Westbrook is closest to him in intensity

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Dec 18, 2014

    Compliments from Kobe Bryant are always welcome. The future Hall of Fame guard thinks Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is the closest player in the NBA to him in terms of intensity, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes: Kobe recently said Russell Westbrook is the closest to him in terms of intensity. KB: “He just plays with […]




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