Erik Horne
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.

Top Stories

  • OSU softball: Mark Ryal added as assistant softball coach

    erik horne | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Mark Ryal has been hired as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma State softball team, announced Friday on Ryal, a native of Dewar, served as an assistant at South Alabama during the 2013-14 season, helping the Jaguars to a 42-14 record and a regional final appearance in the NCAA Tournament. He was the head softball coach at Prague High School in 2012-13 following a five-season stint with Auburn University as a hitting coach. Ryal also has coached at Carl Albert State (head coach, 2007-08), Oklahoma (hitting coach, 1995) and four years at Inola High School. Ryal was also a scout for the Kansas City Royals in 2005, and broke into the major leagues with the Royals as a player in 1982. He played parts of six MLB seasons with the Royals, Chicago White Sox, California Angels, Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates. Ryal's son, Rusty was a member of the OSU baseball team in 2004-05.

  • WATCH: The best goal of the World Cup (so far)

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Here’s your goal of the World Cup (so far), courtesy of Dutch striker Robin Van Persie in the first half against Spain. Angle by glorious angle. HOLY GOAL — SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) June 13, 2014 Man. Great goal. RT @SBNationGIF: You will believe a man can fly. — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) June […]

  • Profanity-laced audio follows Oklahoma native Scott Norwood out the door at Arkansas-Little Rock

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Oklahoma native Scott Norwood resigned as Arkansas-Little Rock baseball coach this week, which would seem like a normal thing in college athletics if not in the wake of an investigation into allegations of physical and sexual harassment ... and a recording of a profanity-laced rant. Norwood resigned 10 days after UALR's Department of Human Resources completed an investigation in which the Tulsa native was accused of physical and sexual harassment by former assistant coach Cole Gordon. The school found the allegations to be "without merit" and the investigation "considered done" according to reports from Norwood said he resigned to pursue other opportunities. You'd think that would be the end of it, but a recording surfaced on Friday of what is presumably Norwood ripping into players with profanity and insults following a 1-0 win over Southeast Missouri State on Feb. 18. An anonymous UALR player reportedly had "nothing positive" to say about Norwood, and that the audio rant is "representative of the coach's behavior in the locker room after most games." You can listen to that recording here (NOTE: contains vulgar language). In April, a video also hit the web of Norwood "flopping" in a skirmish against Central Arkansas. Norwood was knocked down twice in the shoving match between teams. Norwood went 148-178 in six seasons as UALR head coach. He graduated from Tulsa Memorial in 1984 and Oral Roberts in 1988.

  • Infographic: Previewing Spain vs Netherlands

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    An infographic on today’s Spain vs. Netherlands Group B match at 2 p.m. (ESPN, all times central). Here are some other infographics on today’s games: Mexico vs. Cameroon Chile vs. Australia (5 p.m.) Courtesy of: World Cup Infographics

  • Infographic: Previewing Mexico vs Cameroon

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    An infographic on today’s Mexico vs. Cameroon Group A match at 11 a.m. (ESPN2, all times central). Here are some other infographics leading up to today’s games: Spain vs. Netherlands (2 p.m.) Chile vs. Australia (5 p.m.) Courtesy of: World Cup Infographics

  • Infographic: Previewing Chile vs Australia

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    An infographic on today’s Chile vs. Australia Group B match at 5 p.m. (ESPN2, all times central). Here are some other infographics on today’s games: Mexico vs. Cameroon Spain vs. Netherlands Courtesy of: World Cup Infographics

  • OSU football: Cowboys have smallest percentage of returning lettermen in nation

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    It’s no surprise that Oklahoma State lost a lot from its 2013 team. The Cowboys were a senior-laden squad, particularly on the defensive side. How experienced were the Cowboys? So much that they have the smallest percentage of lettermen returning of any team in the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). College football writer Phil […]

  • Former OSU basketball player Darrell Williams shares experience from sexual assult trial

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Darrell Williams, the former Oklahoma State forward who saw his college career end in 2012 when he was convicted of sexual assault — but has had the case overturned — has some good advice for college-bound players. “Watch your surroundings and be careful because this could happen to anybody,” Williams told the Chicago Sun-Times this week. Williams had his conviction overturned in April because jurors made unauthorized visits to the crime scene. He is planning to attend Texas A&M University-Commerce in the fall to complete his degree and to restart his basketball career. According to the Sun-Times, Williams still maintains that he was wrongfully accused, but the “Basically everything is cleared. My name is cleared. It was tough, but I got through it,” he said. “If you see a girl drinking and she is out of control and can’t handle herself, I wouldn’t be nowhere around them."

  • Russell Westbrook teaming up with Barneys New York for clothing line

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    The style portfolio of Russell Westbrook is ever expanding. Westbrook has teammed up with Barneys New York on a sportswear and accessory collection — Westbrook XO Barneys New York (short for Westbrook Exclusively Ours Barneys New York) — set for release in July. Introducing the Westbrook XO @BarneysNY collection, coming this summer to Barneys New […]

  • Former OSU point guard Stevie Clark working with John Lucas

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Former NBA player and coach John Lucas (father of former Oklahoma State guard John Lucas III) has made a second career as a recovery guru -- which is why he's got a hold of Stevie Clark. Men's Journal recently wrote about Lucas' role in taking athletes, former athletes and coaches who need to get sober, and helping them through rehab in Houston. Lucas, a former drug and alcohol abuser who's 28 years sober, is "teaching athletes how to live and compete without self-medicating -- one day at a time." One of those athletes is Clark, the former Douglass High School star who washed out of Oklahoma State without even completing a season in Stillwater. The Men's Journal piece details how Clark is trying to get back on track under the tutelage of Lucas. From the piece (NOTE: The story does not have a byline): "Late that afternoon, I catch a whiff – literally – of why 2014 is proving so hard for Lucas. A cloud of smoke hovers above the Drury Inn's postage-stamp-size swimming pool, smelling like very bad pot or cheap pipe tobacco. Stevie Clark's head emerges from behind a retaining wall. An Oklahoma State freshman point guard until a second marijuana arrest, Clark is one of the great new talents: among the best point-guard recruits, his path to the pros seemingly cut in hardwood. The smell is just a Black & Mild cigar, which players are increasingly using to catch a light buzz, or to kill the pot smell. "Coach Luc don't like it," Clark says, grinning, "but it takes the edge off." Clark is taken through a workout - what Lucas calls a "lab" - where the former Cowboy goes through, sprints, skill drills and plays one-on-one against ex-pro player Mike James. At the end of one such one-on-one game where Clark isn't responsive to Lucas's instruction, Lucas gives his assessment of not just Clark but a myriad of athletes that have passed through his doors. "Something happens on the fourth drill, one-on-one, 10 seconds from half-court to the rim. Clark keeps pulling up short for jumpers, eight, nine lazy seconds in. The more adamantly Lucas yells – "This drill's not about your three-ball; it's about penetration" – the farther off shots land. Clark airs out two more before collapsing on the bleachers. He checks his phone, throws a towel over his head, then says, "I'm done." And he means it, too: He's only a few days from graduation (from Lucas' program) and a sure ticket back to Division I, but Clark's done. He'll be back in Oklahoma City in a week. Everyone in the gym seems baffled except for Lucas. "His choice," he shrugs. After lab is over, we pass Clark in the lobby, all cleaned up, pack on his back, dialing a number repeatedly. Lucas gives me a smile that looks a thousand years old, over-enunciating the word: denial. "They always think there's someone on the end of the line. This is the last house on the block. They just don't know what that looks like yet."

  • Rickie Fowler honors Payne Stewart with knickers at US Open

    erik horne | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Former OSU golfer Rickie Fowler paid tribute to the late Payne Stewart in the first round of the U.S. Open on Thursday, wearing Stewart's trademark knickers and argyle socks. Known for his loud outfits on the golf course, Fowler told the Golf Channel "I've really been looking forward to wearing this outfit. It's been hard to keep a secret. Payne Stewart was one of my idols." The U.S. Open is back at Pinehurst for the second time since Stewart's death in 1999. Stewart won the U.S. Open at Pinehurst that year and died months later in a plane crash.

  • World Cup: The NewsOK Sports Staff Tournament

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    The First Annual NewsOK Sports/OPUBCO World Cup Draft was a rousing success. Many of the participants had no soccer knowledge whatsoever, but it’s all good. We’re just playing for fun anyway. We had a random drawing for draft order and did the draft via email on Wednesday. Despite cries of tampering from sports editor Mike […]

  • Kevin Durant says he didn't bet The Game $20,000

    erik horne | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Kevin Durant is not a gambling man. The league MVP jumped on Twitter Wednesday to dispel rumors that he lost $20,000 in a bet to west coast rapper The Game. The Game - aka Jayceon Taylor - posted a video on his Instagram account, saying that he bet Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. If he made the shot, Durant would have to pony up $20K to The Game's AAU youth basketball team, and play on The Game's Drew League basketball team in Los Angeles. Durant's responded to the rumors by saying that he didn't bet The Game, but will donate his team some KD gear.

  • Rapper 'The Game' says Kevin Durant owes his AAU team $20,000

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    Kevin Durant might be on the hook for $20,000 -- and an appearance on The Game's summer league team. The Game - also known as West Coast rapper Jayceon Taylor - posted a video on his Instagram account along with a caption claiming he bet Kevin Durant $20,000 he could make a 3-point shot from NBA range. According to The Game, if he made the shot, Durant would have to donate the money to The Game's AAU basketball team and agree to play on his Drew League team. The Drew League is a Los Angeles pro-am league where college, streetball and NBA players round up their own "invitation only" teams for league play. From The Game's account: Bet Kevin Durant a.k.a. @EasyMoneySniper $20,000 that he'd have to donate to the @froggallstars & play wit #LaFamilia in the #DrewLeague if I made an NBA 3 pointer all net & my hittas @jharden13 @Demar_Derozan & @ChampagnePapi was right there to witness it all ... In the background, you can pretty clearly see Durant and former Thunder guard James Harden (see the beard). Who knows if the bet was true, but The Game nailed that shot and Durant and Harden were there to witness.

  • LeBron James: The most criticized man in the NBA

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Text from last night: “I know for a fact KD would be getting the same treatment if he came out of the game for cramps in that situation.” WRONG! So, so wrong. I love this friend of mine, but that’s just not true. As LeBron James was helped off the court last night with a […]

  • NBA Draft: Did the Thunder make a promise to Kristaps Porzingis?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Who the heck is Kristaps Porzingis, and has the Thunder made a promise to the 18-year-old Latvian in the NBA Draft?’s Chad Ford released his latest NBA Draft Big Board on Wednesday and he’s hearing rumors that the Thunder has made a first-round promise to the young power forward.

  • Should Russell Westbrook have been an All-NBA selection?

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Was Russell Westbrook worthy of All-NBA status this season? Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman Former OU All-American Blake Griffin and teammate Chris Paul joined some elite company on Wednesday. The pair became the only teammates to be named All-NBA First or Second Team for the last three seasons. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook made […]

  • What is Reggie Jackson saying about the starting point guard spot?

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Reggie Jackson stepped up to the microphone at his exit interview and made it clear: He wants to start. Anthony Slater wrote about Jackson’s starting ambitions in his story in Tuesday’s Oklahoman. But what’s been lost in translation has been what Jackson meant by one of his comments in the interview. Here’s the somewhat vague […]

  • Serge Ibaka: 'I played with all my heart'

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka posted a message to his fans on his blog on Monday. Ibaka, who was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team on Monday, came back after missing two games with a calf injury in the Western Conference Finals against the San Antonio Spurs. His message to his fans: I played with […]

  • Marcus Smart staying busy with NBA workouts

    erik horne | Published: Mon, Jun 2, 2014

    Marcus Smart has been a popular guy in the lead up to the NBA Draft. The former Oklahoma State guard worked out for the Sacramento Kings on Monday, and is reportedly has at least three more teams on his schedule -- each of which is in the lottery. Smart told the media Monday that he'll be working out for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and going back to Orlando for a follow-up with the Magic. Smart tweaked his pinky finger on his right hand in Monday's workout, but will be OK according to reports. The Kings own the No. 8 pick in the first round of the draft. The team also asked Smart for three words describing his game following his workout on Monday.