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


  • WATCH: Uruguay's Luis Suarez bites Italian player

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Not one. Not two. Three bites. Uruguay forward Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in a 1-0 win for Uruguay in their final group match of the World Cup on Tuesday. Suarez wasn’t reprimanded during the game for trying to take a chunk out of Chiellini’s shoulder, but it was caught on tape — the […]

  • Live chat recap: Why LeBron James won't be playing for the Thunder

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    On Tuesday, LeBron James decided to opt out of the remaining two years on his contract with the Miami Heat. The news immediately sent the NBA world into hysterics. What will LeBron do? Where will he play next? Not Oklahoma City (but one can dream). It’s well known that only a few teams have a […]

  • What LeBron James would look like in every NBA jersey

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    In case you were living under a rock, it was announced Tuesday morning that LeBron James will opt out of his current contract with the Miami Heat, making him an unrestricted free agent. Upon word, every team in the league simultaneously gathered irrational hopes and dreams about possibly acquiring King James. In case that never happens (a likelihood for about 98 percent of the NBA), here's a look at what James looks like in every NBA jersey. We already showed you what LeBron looked like in a Thunder jersey. Here are the rest. (H/T NBA Legion)

  • Could Marcus Smart go as high as No 3 in NBA Draft?

    Erik Horne | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Witness the Joel Embiid effect. Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is reportedly headed east to work out for the Philadelphia 76ers. Smart worked out for the Lakers on Friday, but is apparently getting looks from the Sixers now as well. Philly owns the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft, while the Lakers pick seventh. Embiid, the 7-footer from Kansas, underwent surgery on his foot on Friday and is expected to miss significant -- time that will keep him out of the NBA Summer League and parts of the preseason. Emibiid's injury and surgery has significantly shifted the top of the draft. The former Kansas center was the projected No. 1 pick, but now the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly considering taking Australian point guard Dante Exum and Kansas wing Andrew Wiggins with the top pick.

  • VIDEO: Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart featured by ‘NBA Rooks’

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart says he can bring “a winner’s attitude” to an NBA franchise in a short film from NBA.com’s “NBA Rooks” series. The video follows Smart around during his pre-draft workouts, as the projected lottery pick gives insight into what he wants to accomplish in the pros. Smart is projected as […]

  • Barry Switzer's resignation: Readers tell where they were 25 years ago

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Here are some reader responses via Facebook and Twitter from our “Where were you when Barry Switzer resigned?” callout. Twitter @NewsOKSports In mourning, disbelief, disgust at the weasel law prof that fired him. Same weasel that hired Anita Hill — Warren Parham (@att_warren) June 19, 2014 @NewsOKSports I was at Falls Creek for church camp. […]

  • Nick Collison undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Thursday that veteran forward Nick Collison underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Collison is expected to miss 4-6 weeks before returning to normal offseason activities. This past season, Collison appeared in 81 games and averaged 4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.7 minutes per game. Collison, […]

  • Barry Switzer's resignation: Where were you 25 years ago?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    June 19, 1989. Where were you when OU coach Barry Switzer resigned? I was probably in some little swimming pool as a 3 1/2-year-old with no awareness of Switzer or his greatness, but the legendary Sooners coach resigned on this day 25 years ago. Tell us where you were, what you were doing and what […]

  • WATCH: Clint Dempsey takes kick to the nose against Ghana

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Clint Dempsey scored 30 seconds into the U.S.'s encounter with Ghana. About 30 minutes later, he had a bloody nose from a kick to the face. Dempsey went up for a header against Ghana's John Boye, and Boye inadvertently caught him with a shin. The U.S. took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but the boys are banged up. Dempsey stayed in the game after taking the shot, but starting forward Jozy Altidore had to exit with a first-half hamstring injury.

  • Vote for Steven Adams in NBA's Social Media Awards

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams is a nominee for an NBA Social Media Award in the LOL (laugh out loud) category. Adams, the 20-year-old Thunder rookie who’s known for his funny Tweets and entertaining interviews (oh, and he’s a pretty good player), is nominated for a tweet he sent out Jan. 29 following a […]

  • World Cup: U.S. vs. Ghana

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The United States National Team takes the field in its first group stage game of the World Cup against Ghana. Follow our live coverage with personalities from around Twitter.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners No. 4 in Phil Steele's projected end-of-season top 5

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Phil Steele's annual dictionary-sized college football preview has the Oklahoma Sooners as the No. 4 team in the country at season's end. Only defending national champion Florida State, Alabama and Ohio State will finish higher than the Sooners according to Steele. Rather than rank teams by where they will begin the season, Steele projects where they'll end up after all the games are played. In Steele's eyes, the Sooners will will be one of four teams in the inaugural College Football Playoff. "No team in the country outside of Florida State comes into the season with more momentum than the Sooners," Steele says in his OU analysis. Steele ranks OU in all eight categories of his top positional units, with four positions ranked in the top 12 nationally. He says the Sooners' schedule also helps their lofty ranking. OU's schedule is rated 49th in the nation according to Steele, and he also points to not having a conference championship game and playing Baylor in Norman as advantages for the Sooners. "In their five true road games they take on just one team that had a winning record last year (although TCU will be tough)," he says.

  • World Cup: Portugal player’s headbutt a gift to the US

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    The U.S. just got a gift from Portugal. In in its opening match of the World Cup group stages on Monday, Portugal central defender Pepe lost his mind and headbutted Germany’s Thomas Muller. Pepe (pronounced Peh-pay, not pee pee) was sent off with the red card, meaning he’s forced to miss Portugal’s next match against […]

  • Kevin Durant says system helps Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Kawhi Leonard is fresh off an NBA Finals MVP performance with the San Antonio Spurs, but the Spurs do-everything forward still has some doubters. Kevin Durant said via Twitter that Leonard is "doing work like this because of the system." In a conversation with Twitter user @TigeeDwayne, Durant doesn't diss Leonard so much as say @TigeeDwayne is "trippin" for suggesting taking Leonard over Indiana's Paul George. When @TigeeDwayne asks if Durant doesn't think Leonard could do what he's doing with San Antonio if he was in Indiana, Durant simply says "no." Durant goes on to ask "Put Paul George on the Spurs what would happen?" Durant knows how effective the Spurs' system is, as he and the Thunder lost in six games to the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. So good were the Spurs that they closed out the Thunder in Game 6 without Tony Parker in the second half and overtime. Durant's tweets have since been deleted. (H/T @jdonsports)

  • 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 okstate.com. 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 https://t.co/LYaWOlIaZS — SB Nation GIF (@SBNationGIF) June 13, 2014 Man. Great goal. RT @SBNationGIF: You will believe a man can fly. https://t.co/ZcMXOefygv — 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 arkansasonline.com. Norwood said he resigned to pursue other opportunities. You'd think that would be the end of it, but a recording surfaced on Deadspin.com 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