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.

  • Douglass football: Trojans hang on for overtime victory over John Marshall

    By Erik Horne, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Oct 24, 2014

    Patrick McKaufman found Quasean Sims with a 10-yard touchdown pass, and Dameko Doddles’ extra point gave the Trojans a 21-20 overtime win over the Bears at Moses F. Miller Stadium on Friday. A first half that lacked fireworks gave way to a second half and overtime period that had the two teams trading scores (and miscues) until the final seconds.

  • Big 12 notebook: Bill Snyder has special understanding of Michael Hunnicutt's tough day

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Oct 20, 2014

    Snyder is specifically qualified in how to handle a bad day from a kicker. In KSU’s 20-14 loss to Auburn – its only defeat of the season – Wildcats kicker Jack Cantele missed three field goals.

  • VIDEO: OU-Texas fans fight in parking lot at Red River Rivalry game

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    The Red River Rivalry turned into fisticuffs at the OU-Texas football game on Saturday. In this video posted Saturday to YouTube with the caption "The Red River Rivalry off the field!!" , OU and Texas fans brawl in the parking lot of the Texas State Fair. A woman is screaming, guys are rolling around and swinging wildly at each other, and at the end of the skirmish, a bus comes through to shoo them all away -- laying on the horn to get them to disperse. No winners here, but OU won the actual game 31-26. The brawl conjured up memories of the now-infamous Sugar Bowl scuffle between a beligerant Alabama fan and OU college students. (H/T )

  • Bubba Watson regrets asking for Kevin Durant's shoes before Thunder-Clippers playoff game

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    PGA golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson talked to about his relationship with Kevin Durant, explaining that he actually felt a little bad asking Durant for his shoes before a playoff game. The night before Game 6 of the 2014 Thunder-Clippers series in May, Durant went to a bible study at a church he helped found in Los Angeles. Watson happened to be speaking at the church that night. "He heard me talk about the bible and about family life, so we interacted," Watson said. "Then I said, 'hey, why don't you give me your shoes after the game? It'd be funny.'" Watson immediately regreted the request. "As soon as I said it, I was like "'if somebody did that to me at The Masters, I would be so mad,'" Watson said. "But I guess if it's the right person." Little did Watson know, Durant took him seriously,  walking right up to him after the game and handing him the shoes on the court. "I guess he likes me enough that he brought me his shoes," Watson said. You can watch the short clip of Watson's interview here .

  • [UPDATE]: TCU's Trevone Boykin practicing, expected to play against Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Oct 14, 2014

    It was reported that TCU's starting quarterback Trevone Boykin would miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a wrist injury, but a university spokesman and Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson denied the report Tuesday.

  • Big 12 notebook: Mike Gundy says Cowboys 'not that far off' from Mississippi State, FSU success

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Oklahoma State’s coach has made a habit in recent weeks of downplaying the Cowboys as “average” in several areas, but when asked about MSU’s ascent in just a year, Gundy said his young team is in that ballpark.

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook doesn't know what a meme is

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    With Kevin Durant out due to injury, Russell Westbrook has become the focal point of the Oklahoma City Thunder. But even before that, Westbrook was the center of an all-time great Internet meme. Russell Westbrook asked if he’s seen meme of him with MVP trophy: “I don’t know what memes is” — Anthony Slater […]

  • Kevin Durant injury blow could be lessened by Thunder's early schedule

    Erik Horne | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Sunday morning that Kevin Durant could miss the first two months of the regular season with a fracture in his right foot, a big injury for a guy who hasn’t had many of them in his seven-year career. Since entering the NBA in 2007, Durant has played in 542 out […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Reggie Jackson day-to-day with right wrist contusion

    By Darnell Mayberry and Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    The Thunder has dodged its latest injury scare. After leaving Friday’s game at Dallas, Reggie Jackson has been diagnosed with a right wrist contusion after undergoing further evaluation Saturday in Oklahoma City. Jackson is officially listed as day-to-day. Jackson’s injury initially appeared to be potentially much more significant when it occurred with 9:19 remaining in the third quarter of the Thunder’s 118-109 preseason victory over the Mavs. Jackson contorted his body to avoid contact from Mavs forward Al-Farouq Aminu, who met Jackson at the rim to contest a layup attempt. Jackson made the shot, but the angle he took resulted in him landing awkwardly, with his right arm taking the brunt of the impact.

  • OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant, Steven Adams take sides in OU-Texas Red River Rivalry

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Entering his second year in the NBA, it looks like Steven Adams is asserting himself more and more on the court. Looks like he’s putting his foot down in the smack-talk game as well. The Oklahoma City Thunder 7-footer engaged teammate and league MVP Kevin Durant in some fun Twitter warfare on Saturday. During the […]

  • Kevin Durant, HBO Sports team up for reality special 'The Offseason'

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant’s portfolio continues to expand, as the Thunder forward has teamed up with HBO Sports for the 1-hour reality special “The Offseason: Kevin Durant,” debuting Nov. 4 at 9 p.m. on HBO. The unscripted special is a first-person account of the life of Durant from the end of the 2013-14 season (May 31) to […]

  • Baylor’s Briles says QB Bryce Petty was fine against Texas

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Did Texas provide the blueprint to beating Baylor? Well, no, but how about a blueprint for slowing the Bears down? Following Saturday’s game, Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty said his head was “still spinning” thinking about the Texas defense. Baylor won 28-7, but Petty finished just 7-of-22 for 111 yards and two touchdowns. Texas was the […]

  • Big 12 notebook: Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard fined $25K for comments after Oklahoma State game

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Pollard was critical of the conference's referees after ISU's 37-20 loss to Oklahoma State, saying that the Cyclones “have been on the short end of some very controversial calls” while calling the Big 12's treatment of the school “frustrating and not fair.”

  • Big 12 football: Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard fined $25,000 for comments after Oklahoma State game

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads said he supported Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard following Pollard’s controversial comments about Big 12 officiating on Saturday. “Very much so,” Rhoads said. Pollard was critical of the conference’s referees after ISU’s 37-20 loss to Oklahoma State, saying that the Cyclones “have been on the short end of some very […]

  • Big 12 to hold second forum on state of college athletics

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    The Big 12 Conference will have second forum on the state of college athletics in Washington D.C. on Oct. 21. The panel will address two topics: “Where does the money go? – the business of college athletics,” and “Are student-athletes employees?” NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts will again moderate the forum, and Big 12 commissioner Bob […]

  • Rapid Reaction: Oklahoma State flips the switch in 37-20 win over Iowa State

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    Oklahoma State started slow, but in a Tyreek Hill instant, turned it on against Iowa State en route to a 37-20 victory — the Cowboys’ fourth-consecutive win. Here’s what The Oklahoman staff saw: Jenni Carlson, columnist The Cowboys had the chance to freak out a bit. Offense was struggling early. Defense was hanging on for […]

  • OU football: Katy Perry tells Sooners QB Trevor Knight 'call me' on ESPN's College GameDay

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Oct 4, 2014

    It must be good to be Trevor Knight. A day after celebrating his 21st birthday, Knight got a special message from one of the biggest pop music stars in the world. Katy Perry was a guest on ESPN's College GameDay on Saturday morning and in the midst of making her game predictions, she broke out a heart-shaped sign of Knight. "Trevor Knight, call me," Perry said. "I still love you Trevor Knight, call me." OU faces TCU today at 2:30 p.m. Hopefully, Knight won't be too distracted.

  • Markel Brown shut down Brooklyn Nets practice with impressive dunk

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown is making his mark on the Brooklyn Nets just as he did with the Cowboys: Above the rim. The Nets rookie impressed his teammates with an emphatic slam to wrap up practice on Thursday. No, seriously. His dunk closed practice. From ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk. "Brown drove baseline and threw down a thunderous one-handed dunk in traffic, the perfect way to end practice." “Shut the practice down,” an impressed Deron Williams said. “Shut it down. We have seen a couple [of his dunks in practice but] not like this." Williams continued. “He had a 360 the other day on the break,” said Williams, who added that Thursday was the first scrimmage the team went through. “[But today’s dunk] was over [Mason Plumlee], on Mase’s head. Get that on film?" Stay tuned. Markel's coming. And he's not shooting it badly, either. Williams apparently loves the former Cowboy. Guess he figures he can use some help in the Nets' backcourt.

  • 5 reasons the Kansas City Royals are worth rooting for in the MLB playoffs

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Oct 2, 2014

    If you aren’t already on it, get on the Kansas City Royals’ bandwagon now. The Royals open up their American League division series against the Los Angeles Angels tonight in California. It’s an underdog story for sure, and most would be inclined to root for the Royals for that reason alone. But there’s more than […]

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops says Baker Mayfield situation unfair

    By Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

    Sooners coach Bob Stoops had expressed his belief that Mayfield, who walked on with the Red Raiders and was a walk-on at OU until this week, should be immediately eligible.