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.

  • Thunder, Kings trending in different directions

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 15, 2014

    Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone was fired on Sunday, just as the Thunder comes rolling into town on Tuesday. Sacramento was the polar opposite of the Thunder when the two teams met on Nov. 9. The Kings entered the game as one of the early surprises in the league — winners of five consecutive games, […]

  • Capitol Hill's new nickname: Readers weigh in

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    After the Oklahoma City Public Schools decided to drop Capitol Hill High School’s Redskins nickname, we asked readers for their feedback about what the new name should be. Here are some of the best.

  • Report: Oklahoma State gets commitment from UAB transfer Victor Salako

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Oklahoma State may have picked up the offensive line help it needed in former Alabama-Birmingham offensive tackle Victor Salako. Salako (6-foot-6, 315 pounds) will reportedly transfer to OSU for the 2015 season. UAB announced last week that it was shutting down its football program, leaving the door open for players to transfer to other schools […]

  • LeBron James out against the Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt announced that LeBron James would not play against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday night. James, who was battling left knee soreness, was listed as a game-time decision earlier in the day at Cavs shootaround. Blatt on possible fan disappointment w/ no LeBron: “It’s no desire on our part to disappoint […]

  • Kobe Bryant calls his teammates 'soft like Charmin' in practice

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    The Los Angeles Lakers are 6-16. There have been better times in L.A., especially for five-time champion Kobe Bryant. According to The Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan, Bryant voiced his displeasure with the team’s effort today to general manager Mitch Kupchak. Kobe extremely unhappy on the practice court. “Now I see why we’ve lost so […]

  • Douglass-Locust Grove controversy discussed on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    You know you’ve made it when you make PTI. The Douglass-Locust Grove football controversy hit a new level of national notoriety on Tuesday afternoon when ESPN “Pardon the Interruption” hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon discussed the case in a short segment. The bulk of their debate focused on Oklahoma County District Court getting involved […]

  • Capitol Hill #renamethehill: What should be the school's new nickname?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Dec 9, 2014

    The Oklahoma City School Board voted 8-0 Monday to remove the Redskins mascot from Capitol Hill High School. So what will replace the school’s 88-year-old nickname? District administrators, effective immediately, will begin eliminating the use of the Redskins mascot and will create a committee of students, alumni and community members to identify a new mascot. […]

  • Bob Bowlsby says if he was on committee, TCU (not Baylor) would be No. 4

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    With the Big 12 missing out on a spot in the College Football Playoff, and the “One True Champion” slogan of the conference under fire, commissioner Bob Bowlsby has had a tumultuous weekend. On Monday, Bowlsby went on the Dan Patrick radio show to talk College Football Playoff and the Big 12 missing out on […]

  • OSU football: Mike Gundy gives an ... interesting (?) press conference

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    There might still be one (very important, pride-filled) game left in the season, but it sure seems like Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy (understandably) wants this season to end. Or maybe he’s just messing with us. In his Tuesday press conference, Gundy declined to answer a ton of questions, making a large sum of the […]

  • Kevin Durant will play Tuesday against New Orleans Pelicans

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced this morning that Kevin Durant will play against the New Orleans Pelicans tonight – Durant’s first game action since fracturing his right foot in the preseason. Durant participated in a full week of practices leading up to Tuesday’s announcement from Brooks. Durant’s last five practice sessions all involved […]

  • Big 12 notebook: Bob Bowlsby says 'One True Champion' slogan is about 'everybody playing everybody'

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Bowlsby discusses Big 12 slogan Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby made a special appearance on the Big 12 Conference media teleconference on Monday. The conference’s much-debated “One True Champion” slogan did as well. The slogan itself seems contradictory, since the Big 12 is the only Power Five conference that doesn’t have a championship game — leaving open the possibility of co-champions. But Bowlsby attempted to add clarity to the true meaning of the slogan, saying that it’s in reference to the round-robin schedule, not the determination of a champion. “’One True Champion’ is really about everybody playing everybody,” Bowlsby said.

  • Utah State coach, Sallisaw native Matt Wells among odds leaders for Nebraska job

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Former Nebraska player Scott Frost is the early favorite to become the next head coach in Lincoln. An Oklahoma native is in the mix as well. Frost, who’s currently the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach of second-ranked Oregon, is’s 5-to-2 favorite to replace Bo Pelini, who was fired by Nebraska on Sunday. Former Rutgers and Tampa […]

  • OKC Thunder: Russell Westbrook will start against the Knicks; Kevin Durant still out

    Erik Horne and Anthony Slater | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks announced at practice Friday that point guard Russell Westbrook will be in the starting lineup tonight against the New York Knicks. Westbrook will play for the first time since Oct. 30 when he fractured his right hand in the Thunder’s second game of the season against the Los Angeles […]

  • PHOTOS: Sooners' men's basketball touches down in the Bahamas

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    OU has taken its men’s basketball team to the Battle for Atlantis Tournament in the Bahamas. Jealous, right? Well, you can live vicariously through some great photos members of the team and the OU Men’s Basketball Twitter account have been sending out. Junior guard Buddy Hield, a native of Nassau, (and his awesome, media-friendly family) […]

  • Big 12 notebook: Bedlam football time, TV channel still to be decided

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    The kickoff time and TV listing for the Dec. 6 game between OU and OSU have yet to be finalized. The conference tossed out at least four time options for the game: ABC or ESPN at 11 a.m., FOX Sports 1 at 2:30 p.m., ESPN at 6:45, or ABC at 7.

  • High school notebook: Quan Hogan, Keaton Torre among Oklahomans on ESPN list

    By Scott Wright and Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    In the latest ESPN Junior 300 rankings, three Oklahomans made the list from the football Class of 2016. Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre is the highest-ranked Oklahoman at No. 143. The 6-foot-3, 182-pound Louisville commit is the ninth-ranked pocket passer nationally in 2016 according to Other in-state players on the list include Norman North running back Quan Hogan and Jenks safety Austin Quillen. The 6-foot, 200-pound Hogan, who has an offer from Tulsa, is ranked No. 257 in the list while Quillen (6-0, 190) is No. 281. Hogan and Quillen are ranked 29th and 20th, respectively, at their positions by

  • VIDEO: OU running back Samaje Perine's record-setting day recreated by Taiwanese animators

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Taiwanese animators paid OU running back Samaje Perine the ultimate compliment – they digitalized his record-setting running game. And it’s ridiculous. I don’t know if there’s really a proper explanation for a lot of the things that transpire in this video. It has its funny parts, but it’s also insensitive to serious OU injuries to […]

  • OU football: Samaje Perine broke the Internet ... and an NCAA record

    Erik Horne | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    OK, so he’s not Kim Kardashian, but OU running back Samaje Perine did break the NCAA single-game rushing record with 427 yards on Saturday. Here’s what people were saying on the web: So Samaje is atop the trending list….wonder why?! @samajp32 #BoomerSooner Congratulations again #SamajePerine — Boomer15 (@Boomer145) November 22, 2014 #BeastMode #Sooners #Boomer […]

  • Kobe Bryant on Durant vs. Howard: You'll say things you don't really mean

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    A big deal has been made of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard not being looked at in the nicest way by NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant. And by "not being looked at in the nicest way," I mean being called a " p---y " and " soft " by Durant and Bryant, respectively, in a three-week stretch. But Bryant says he and Durant don't really mean the things they say sometimes. Things happen in the heat of the moment. Following the Lakers' 98-92 win over the Rockets,  Bryant was asked about his whether or not he actually thinks Howard is what Durant said he is: | "No, I don't feel that way. I don't think Kevin does, either," Bryant said. "In moments of confrontation during a game, you'll say things in the heat of the moment. "I know Dwight. I'm sure Kevin does. We don't really feel that way about him. It's like when you get in an argument with somebody, you'll say things out of frustration, out of anger, that you don't really mean."

  • OU football: Jordan Phillips a first-rounder in latest Bleacher Report Mock Draft

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Nov 18, 2014

    In the latest mock draft from Bleacher Report NFL Draft lead writer Matt Miller, Oklahoma is noticable missing from the first round. Until you get to the final picks, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for a would-be-prospect. Sure the money is less than being a top 5 pick, but you're playing for a better team in the long run. Enter Jordan Phillips. Miller says that the redshirt sophomore defesive lineman would be an ideal fit for the New England Patriots at No. 31, especially with current 3-4 nose guard Vince Wilfork nearing the end of his career. "At 6'6" and 334 pounds, Phillips has unmatched size, length and strength at the position," Miller says. "He's also showing quickness and burst off the ball with surprisingly good leverage for his height. And Phillips comes into the NFL with experience in the 3-4 defense, something few defensive tackles get in college football." Oklahoman OU beat writer Jason Kersey has written frequently in his  top 10 Sooners rankings about Phillips being the most likely of OU's draft-eligible players to declare early for the NFL. "Phillips' role isn't a glamorous one, but he does it very well. He's also shown an ability to be a playmaker out of the nose tackle spot. In my opinion, he's the most likely OU underclassman to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft," Kersey wrote following the Baylor game . With his size-speed combination, Phillips may have the best chance of all the Sooners to become a first-rounder.