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.

  • 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.

  • Big 12 notebook: Former Texas Tech defensive coordinator: 'I did not share Red Raiders defensive signals'

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    On Monday, interim defensive coordinator Mike Smith said the Red Raiders' signals have been given away to their opponents, and Smith said it's been happening since some point after former defensive coordinator Matt Wallerstedt left the program on Sept. 18.

  • Mike Gundy on odds to coach Florida: 'That's crazy'

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 17, 2014

    The latest odds on the University of Florida football job are out and Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy is on top of the pile of potential candidates. released its latest odds on "Who will be the Head Coach of the Florida Gators for the 2015-2016 season?," and at 4-to-1, Gundy is getting the best odds to be the Gators' coach. The next closest is Colorado State coach Jim McElwain at 9/2. When asked about the odds at Monday's press conference in Stillwater, Gundy simply said "that's crazy." Bob Stoops  shot down rumors Monday that he's a candidate for the UF job, but the Sooners ball coach is still getting 11/2 odds. He's tied with Mississippi State's Dan Mullen. Both coaches are former UF assistants, but Mullen probably should have higher odds than Stoops based on Stoops' brotherly love .

  • OSU football: Cowboys, Longhorns going chrome, metallic on helmets

    erik horne | Published: Sat, Nov 15, 2014

    Tonight's OSU-Texas game will have a chrome feel. The Cowboys will go with their "Chrome Pete" orange helmet against the Longhorns, the same combination OSU went with against Texas Tech.   Tonight’s @CowboyFB Senior Night uniform: Orange (Chrome Pete) / Black / Black. #okstate #OSUniTracker — Oklahoma State (@OSUAthletics) November 15, 2014   Texas is going with hits traditional white helmet, but with a metallic burnt orange Longhorn.   #Longhorns will take the field tonight with new-look, metallic decals on helmets. pic.twitter.

  • Oklahoma football: Linebacker Eric Striker says he doesn't take losses personally

    By Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    “I just take it and learn from it,” Striker said. “You don’t need to get personal or mad about it. I am used to winning, but you’ve just gotta move on.”

  • Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy among top 25 college football coaches for Twitter followers

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Nov 12, 2014

    SEC bias? Nope. The truth is in the numbers. The top three college football coach Twitter accounts in terms of followers all hail from the Southeastern Conference. Topping the list is Tennessee's Butch Jones, who recently eclipsed LSU's Les Miles as the most followed college football coach on Twitter. Georgia's Mark Richt is third on the list. The Big 12's most followed coach is Texas' Charlie Strong, who ranks 11th on the list. Texas Tech's Kliff Kingsbury is 12th. In maybe the list's biggest upset, Kentucky coach Mark Stoops (13th, 75,722 followers) has more followers than his brother, OU coach Bob Stoops (15th, 64.050). Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is 21st on the list. An interesting bonus tidbit: the "Fake Bo Pelini" parody Twitter account, @FauxPelini, would be third on the list behind Jones and Miles, giving the Big Ten some much-needed strength.

  • Five reasons the Thunder shouldn't tank the 2014-15 season

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Nov 11, 2014

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sparked a conversation Sunday about the Oklahoma City Thunder and why it should consider sitting its stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Tanking. The age-old ethical debate on how to get rich quick in the NBA. If you’re team is struggling and lacks hope without its injured players (like the […]

  • Big 12 Notebook: Who's going to the playoff — TCU or Baylor?

    By Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    TCU and Baylor each has one loss. Baylor has the edge in the head-to-head matchup with the Horned Frogs, but TCU has been the highest-ranked team in the College Football Playoff rankings. So if each team wins out, who gets the edge when it comes College Football Playoff time?

  • Big 12 football: KU’s Bowen OK with goal post teardown

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Kansas fans stormed the field and tore down a goal post following the Jayhawks’ 34-14 win over Iowa State – KU’s first Big 12 victory in seven games. Iowa State dropped to 2-7, which suggests that the Jayhawks had no reason to celebrate so wildly. KU interim coach Clint Bowen was OK with the celebration, […]

  • Big 12 football: Texas teams dominate Player of the Week honors

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 10, 2014

    Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman and kicker Chris Callahan each earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for their play against Oklahoma. Coleman, the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, had 15 catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns. Callahan, the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week, had 12 points (two […]

  • Kansas fans tear down goal post after beating 2-7 Iowa State

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    What happens when you snap a seven-game Big 12 losing streak? Apparently, you storm the field and tear down the goal post. Kansas won its first conference game of the season, 34-14 over Iowa State on Saturday, and fans stormed the field in jubilation. The win over the 2-7 Cyclones was apparently enough for KU fans to tear down the goal post as if they the Jayhawks took down a top 10 team. Maybe KU fans were getting in one last happy moment this football season. The Jayhawks' final three games: vs. TCU, at Oklahoma, at Kansas State.

  • Fomer Sooners sound off on OU's defensive plan against Baylor

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    Some samples of former OU players voicing their concerns about OU's defensive game plan against Baylor. Former players weren't the only ones up in arms about the Sooners' defensive plan. Senior defensive back Julian Wilson was reportedly not happy with the Stoops' strategy.

  • Big 12 Twitter account takes offense to criticism of referees

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    Looks like the Big 12 checked itself. Following a roughing the punter penalty on Oklahoma defensive lineman Matt Dimon in the Sooners' game against Baylor on Saturday, several writers and fans were critical of the call from Big 12 officials. The Sooners were called for a 15-yard penalty on the play -- a critical fourth-and-7. Baylor's drive was extended and the Bears went on to score on the 16-play, 80-yard march. When social media questioned the call, the Big 12 hit back. The tweet was deleted soon after more responses came pouring in from members of the media and fans.

  • OKC Thunder players sing jingle with helium voices

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, Nov 8, 2014

    Now we have a real debate on our hands. No, not what the Thunder's starting lineup should be. We need to figure out what's the best Thunder-releated Edmond Hyundai commercial. The latest ad with Thunder players is out and it's pretty funny. Serge Ibaka, Nick Collison, Reggie Jackson, and best of all, Kendrick Perkins each sing the Edmond Hyundai jingle after inhaling some helium. Any time you can get Perk to sound like a chipmunk, it's good for business. But does it top the overall cuteness and appeal of the Kendrick Perkins Jr. Edmond Hyundai commercial from year's past? I say no, but you decide.

  • Oklahoma football notebook: Receivers coach Jay Norvell says Dannon Cavil has to live with decision

    By Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Nov 5, 2014

    Norvell said this week that he wished Cavil well, but he also wanted the redshirt freshman to stay.

  • Big 12 notebook: Baylor's Art Briles says no 'monkey on our back' to win in Norman

    By Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The Bears are 0-12 all-time in Norman, with their only two wins in the OU-Baylor 23-game series coming in Waco.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys use off week to rest injured players, build on fundamentals

    By Kyle Fredrickson and Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Coming off a three-game losing streak, the Cowboys have two weeks of much-needed preparation time before their Nov. 15 home finale against Texas.

  • OSU football: Charlie Strong on Oklahoma State, bowl eligibility: 'I don't look ahead'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    Texas and Oklahoma State are each teams that are going to be in a battle to get bowl eligible in the final three games of the regular season. The Longhorns and Cowboys play on Nov. 15 in Stillwater. Texas is sitting at 4-5 with three games to go, while OSU is in much better shape […]

  • Big 12 football: TV listings, times announced for Nov. 15 OU and OSU games

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Nov 3, 2014

    The Big 12 Conference announced the following times and TV listings for its Nov. 15 slate of games. Oklahoma State’s final home game of the season will be aired nationally on FOX at 6:30 p.m.: Big 12 football schedule for Nov. 15 TCU at Kansas, 2 p.m. (FS1) Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 2:30 p.m. (ABC […]