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.

  • [UPDATE] Chris Peterson says in statement he informed Baylor's Briles about Sam Ukwuachu's past

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    A much-talked-about football player at Baylor - whom coaches expected to contribute this fall - was found guilty of second-degree sexual assault on Thursday. Questions now swirl around what the program knew and when they knew it about defensive end Sam Ukwuachu. Texas Monthly first reported that Ukwuachu was indicted June 25, 2014, on two counts of sexual assault against a female Baylor student athlete. Ukwuachu was kicked off of the Boise State football team in 2013 for a previous incident involving violence against a female student. Texas Monthly says "for the next year, the legal process played out without mention of Ukwuachu’s felony charge by the press or from school officials, even though it was all in the public record." "Zero," Baylor coach Art Briles said when asked how much he knew about Ukwuachu's prior allegations at Boise State. "I talked to (former Boise State coach) Chris Peterson personally ... no mention of anything beyond Sam being depressed, needing to come home. That was our information, that's what you go by." Listen here for complete audio from Briles when asked about Ukwuachu by the media:

  • VIDEO: OU football players do 'Cha-Cha Slide' at practice

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    OU football players are dancing again. Wide receiver/video journalist extraordinaire John Humphrey Jr. posted this video of the team doing the Cha-Cha Slide at practice Wednesday. Humphrey was also the guy who posted the video that made Baker Mayfield an Internet sensation. Humphrey clearly has an eye for these things. Cha Cha Slide — John Humphrey (@YVNGJOHNN) August 20, 2015 Non-football related observations: 1. I'm pretty disappointed Mayfield ran off screen. 2. Monster hop from Cade Newhouse-Parker (No. 51) at 0:09. 3. No. 25 on the left. Joe Mixon. Joe Mixon. Joe Mixon. (h/t

  • FWAA 75th Anniversary All-America team: Should Barry Sanders have been a first-teamer?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The Football Writers' Association of America released its 75th Anniversary All-America team on Monday - "celebrating the association's All-America teams from near the end of World War II through the 2014 season." It's a list of some of the biggest names in college football history. Four OU players make the list: Defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon and tight end Keith Jackson are first-team selections, linebacker Brian Bosworth is on the second team, and safety Roy Williams made the third team. Oklahoma State's lone selection is running back Barry Sanders, who made the second team. (SOUND OF NEEDLE SCRATCHING RECORD) Barry Sanders. Second team.

  • Former Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams signs with Belgian club Verviers-Pepinster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams has signed a contract with Verviers-Pepinster of the Basketball League Belgium (BLB) Division I (Scooore! League), according to Texas A&M-Commerce's men's basketball program. Williams inks with Verviers-Pepinster Wolves in the League Belgium (BLB) Division I (Scooore! League). #WeAreLions — A&M-Commerce MBB (@Lion_MBB) August 18, 2015 "I am very thankful to be in this position and have the opportunity to play professional basketball overseas," Williams said via  "I want to thank my coaches and everyone associated with A&M-Commerce

  • Rookie Survey: Kevin Durant is NBA rookies' favorite player for second consecutive year

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    At the annual NBA Rookie Photo Shoot earlier this month, 36 rookies were surveyed from the NBA's latest draft class, and many of them picked Kevin Durant as their favorite player. When asked "Who is your favorite player in the league?," 21.2 percent of the rookies polled picked Durant in this year's NBA Rookie Survey. Durant, selected as the rookies' favorite player for the second year in a row, beat out Kobe Bryant (18.2 percent) and LeBron James (15.2 percent). Thunder guard Russell Westbrook picked up some votes, but not enough to land in the Top 6 with Durant, Bryant, James, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade and James Harden. Who is your favorite player in the league? 1. Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City, 21.2 percent 2. Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers, 18.2 percent 3. LeBron James, Cleveland, 15.2 percent Tie-4, Stephen Curry, Golden State, 9.1 percent; Dwyane Wade, Miami, 9.1 percent 6. James Harden, Houston, 6.1 percent According to, the top three vote-getters finished in the same order in 2014. Other Thunder players appearing in the Rookie Survey are rookies Dakari Johnson and Cameron Payne. Johnson received votes for the question "which rookie was the biggest steal at where he was selected in the draft?" Johnson was selected in the second round at No. 48 overall. Payne tied with Oklahoma State-killer Joseph Young in the "which rookie is the best playmaker" category, receiving 5.7 percent of the rookie vote. Payne also received votes for "which rookie is the funniest?" Which rookie is the best playmaker? 1. D'Angelo Russell, L.A. Lakers, 40 percent 2. Tyus Jones, Minnesota, 17.1 percent 3. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver, 14.3 percent 4. Delon Wright, Toronto, 8.6 percent Tie-5. Cameron Payne, Oklahoma City ; Joseph Young, Indiana, 5.7 percent. Check out all the results here at

  • OU football notebook: Linebacker Eric Striker says quarterbacks talk trash, too

    By Jason Kersey, Ryan Aber and Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Striker said Baker Mayfield is the biggest trash talker among OU’s quarterbacks.

  • OU a great Big 12 football darkhorse pick according to Fox Sports crew

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    OU is being tabbed as a third- or fourth-place team in the Big 12 this season behind TCU, Baylor, and in some instances, Oklahoma State. So, as a No. 3 or 4 team in the conference, OU would definitely qualify as a darkhorse candidate to win the Big 12. On their podcast Tuesday, Fox Sports' Joel Klatt, Bruce Feldman and Stuart Mandel were all in agreement that the Sooners are a great sleeper pick. "I think Oklahoma is gonna have a real bounceback year," Klatt says on The Audible podcast. "They always bounce back big after 8-5 years. Bob Stoops is not finished, he's got a chip on his shoulder.

  • Thunder releases 2015 preseason schedule

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    The Oklahoma City Thunder released its complete 2015 preseason schedule on Tuesday, which includes two games at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The Thunder will open the preseason Oct. 7 against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis, Minn., then will debut at home Oct. 9 against Turkish League club Fenerbahce Ulker - a former team of Thunder center Enes Kanter. The Thunder will play three games in Oklahoma - two at Chesapeake Energy Arena and one against the Dallas Mavericks at the BOK Center in Tulsa on Oct. 13. The team's final home game of the preseason is Oct. 18 against the Denver Nuggets. Single-game Thunder tickets for preseason and regular season games at Chesapeake Energy

  • WATCH: Russell Westbrook's Top 10 plays from the 2014-15 season

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    In case you've forgotten how stinking good Russell Westbrook was this past season, has a reminder: Westbrook's Top 10 plays from the 2014-15 season. Enjoy.

  • Kevin Durant had another bone break in his foot before third surgery

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 14, 2015

    The bone graft that Kevin Durant underwent in March was to address " persistent soreness " ... and another break. Durant went in for a third surgery on his right foot because "it had a crack in it," Durant told Bleacher Report . In Kevin Ding's piece, Durant goes into detail about the bone-graft procedure he went through, saying he "got like an extra layer of bone on the side of my foot that they put in there." "That's why it took longer to heal," Durant said. From Ding: "On the most basic point, Durant is cleared to play fully now on a 'healed' bone. But when doctors say it is 'healed,' it is healed enough that based on basic evidence it should not break again; the bone will continue to heal on some small level for more than a year." If the healing process is still ongoing, Ding makes the good point that Durant has to find a balance between what he's used to (going all out) and taking it easy in order to preserve his health for the long term. Keep in mind that Durant is entering the last year of his contract with the Thunder and is expected to be the jewel of the 2016 free agent class.

  • OU running back Samaje Perine makes 'freaks in college football' list

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015 college football writer Bruce Feldman does a fun exercise each year where he ranks the "freaks" of college football. Well, this year, OU running back Samaje Perine has made the list. Feldman's "freaks" list is a collection of "the top workout warriors in the sport or the guys that possess some rare physical abilities that wow folks inside their programs." Perine checks in at No. 13 on Feldman's Top 25 (you can check out Nos. 11-25 here. The Top 10 hasn't been released yet). From Feldman: "The hulking 5-10, 230-pounder not only set an FBS record with 427 rushing yards against Kansas, he muscled his way to 1,713 yards and 21 TDs as part of spectacular freshman

  • James Harden officially signs with Adidas

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

    The Beard is now the face of The Three Stripes in basketball. Houston Rockets guard James Harden has left Nike to sign with Adidas. The former Thunder guard was reportedly offered $200 million over 13 years by Adidas following the expiration of his Nike deal. Creators Never Follow. @JHarden13 - #teamadidas 10.1.15 — adidas Basketball (@adidasHoops) August 13, 2015 Harden-Adidas partnership super official — Zach Harper (@talkhoops) August 13, 2015 Reports emerged this week that Nike wouldn't match Adidas' offer for Harden, citing Nike's concerns about "sinking

  • Report: James Harden's $200 million Adidas bid won't be matched by Nike

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    Adidas may have struck back with a major coup in the basketball shoe wars. Adidas offered James Harden a contract worth $200 million over 13 years, and Harden's former endorser - Nike -reportedly won't match, says TMZ. The former Thunder guard's Nike deal has expired, and it's time for the apparel giant to make a decision. From TMZ: "Nike had concerns about sinking that much dough into just ONE player, when it has several other superstars to sign." Thing is, Nike already handed over more money to ONE player last summer when Kevin Durant agreed to a reported 10-year deal worth between $265-285 million. Maybe Harden's payday came one year too late.

  • VIDEO: OU receiver Jeffery Mead makes crazy one-handed catch at practice

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    Is that Odell Beckham Jr.? Nope, it's OU sophomore receiver Jeffery Mead. Beckham Jr. redefined the one-handed catch last season with his now-iconic ridiculous grab in a New York Giants game against the Dallas Cowboys. The 6-foot-6 Mead played copycat on Monday, the first day of OU practice in pads. — Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 10, 2015 Mead's catch is pretty impressive, especially since the former Tulsa Union receiver catches the ball at a pretty low point in its descent. Mead didn't have any catches for the Sooners as a true freshman, but he could be a major target this fall with those

  • OU football Q&A: After down year, OU defensive end Charles Tapper ready to get back to success of sophomore season

    By Erik HorneStaff Writer | Published: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    At OU football media day on Saturday, the 6-foot-4, 283-pounder was candid about a “very humbling” 2014, new defensive line coach Diron Reynolds and why he changed his cell phone number.

  • Big 12 coaches talk anonymously about OU, Oklahoma State

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    Athlon Sports set out to get a gauge of how the Big 12's coaches felt about the state of their opponents' programs. Well, they succeeded with an anonymous take on each school in the conference. You can read about each school here, but below are are a few snippets on OU and OSU with the rest in Athlon's column: One coach on Oklahoma: “I don’t know who’s going to be the quarterback. And that’s a question mark. But they obviously have great running backs.” “It’s hard to fathom them not having a great quarterback, but everybody misses in recruiting at times. And then if you miss on a guy like the quarterback, that can set you back. They’ve

  • Eagles fan starts 'Have Pope Francis Bless Sam Bradford's Knees' petition

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    A healthy Sam Bradford is the hopes and dreams of Philadelphia Eagles fans. The team already traded a starting quarterback (Nick Foles) for the oft-injured Bradford, and if the former OU All-American gets hurt, that means the Eagles may be one step closer to Tim Tebow at QB. So, Eagles fan Pratik Patel has started a petition on called "Have Pope Francis Bless Sam Bradford's Knees." The pope is visiting Philadelphia Sept. 26-27, so what better time for him to give Bradford - who's coming back from a 2014 ACL tear - his blessing. He's one of the most powerful and influential men in the world (even though he promised not to abuse his power in the name of hist beloved

  • Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook on USA Men's National Team Minicamp roster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are among the 34 players on the roster for the USA Basketball Men’s National Team minicamp, which was announced on Thursday. The minicamp will take place Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas. Durant, who is still recovering from a foot surgery he underwent in March, will reportedly not participate in on-court drills. Both Durant and Westbrook were among several players who withdrew from USA Basketball before the FIBA World Cup last summer. The OKC star is still recovering from the foot surgery that ended his season, but he clearly wants to be part of program for '16 Olympics.

  • VIDEO: Kevin Durant is swatting kids at his basketball camp again

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    Kevin Durant is notoriously merciless when it comes to playing against kids at his camps. His harsh shot rejections are the stuff of legend. He was back at it Thursday morning at his KD ProCamp. @royceyoung Kevin Durants snapchat is hilarious. He's picking on kids at his camp this morning lol — Kyle Boone (@k_boonie) August 6, 2015 There's another day of camp tomorrow, which means more swats for the kids.

  • Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel's dad knows the recruiting game

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    SB Nation recently produced a piece entitled "8 pieces of advice from parents of star college football recruits," and the dad of 2016 Oklahoma State commit Nick Starkel basically took it over. SB Nation talked to numerous parents of top-flight recruits, but Murray Starkel is the most prominent. He offers commentary on the business of recruiting, academics, social media (Nick already knows a little about the Twitter game), concussions, and the amount of investment put into the recruiting process. For example:   On being flexible:  "(Nick is) going to have additional interest from other schools, and things could change at the school he's