Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.


  • Deer Creek runner an example of what a teammate should be

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 3 hr ago

    A friend of mine sent me a cool story this week. It’s about an athlete who is not in the limelight. Not even in a sport that is in the limelight. But it’s a timeless tale of what it means to be on a team. I thought it was sharing. The Deer Creek Antlers won […]

  • Deer Creek's Wyatt Bradbury receives special honor

    By Berry Tramel, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    The Deer Creek Antlers won the Class 5A boys cross country state championship. And at Deer Creek’s team banquet, a special honor was bestowed upon senior Wyatt Bradbury. Deer Creek assistant coach Eric Lyons wrote the following post, which will explain: “10 weeks ago I posted a picture of a runner of ours, completely stranded in a race by himself. One of the toughest spots a runner can be. I talked about him being stranded on an island and finding his way off. “See, what you didn’t know was @wyattbradbury had just been dropped from varsity for being a few seconds behind the meet before. He was number 8, on his own island. I learned a lot that day about his character and that I’d never see him quit trying.

  • Race is on for College Football Playoff's fourth seed

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Nov 25, 2014

    COMMENTARY — TCU and Baylor will need some help to reach the Football Four.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones injury a hidden curse

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 10 hr ago

    The prolonged absence of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook has the most-feared effect. The Thunder can’t win games. The Thunder is 3-12 and ahead of only the not-trying Sixers (0-14). So the playoffs are in peril before Thanksgiving arrives, sort of like an NFL team that starts 0-3. But there’s been a side effect that […]

  • Big 12 efficiency ratings: Sooner defense finally rising

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 16 hr ago

    Time to check in with the Big 12 efficiency ratings, which gauge offenses and defenses based on their ability to score or keep the opponent from doing the same. That’s their job, remember. Points and denying points. Yardage is overrated. Not that it’s not important. It’s just overrated. We’re down to only eight Big 12 […]

  • Oklahoma football: Will Samaje Perine be first string?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Samaje Perine gained so many yards against Kansas, Bob Stoops lost track of how monumental was the day of his star freshman. In his Monday press conference, Stoops started off talking about Perine’s 248 yards rushing. Then he realized that didn’t sound right. So Stoops upgraded it to 348. Then he was reminded that he […]

  • OU football: Former Sooner running back Waymon Clark dies at age 61

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Waymon Clark, one of the tragic figures in OU football history and 1,000-yard rusher on Barry Switzer’s first Sooner team, died over the weekend at the age of 61. Switzer got the call Sunday night that Clark had died from cancer. He was incarcerated in Amarillo. Since 1997, Clark had been serving a 25-year sentence for indecent exposure with a child. Clark spent most of his life after OU in and out of prisons and mental rehabilitation wards. “He was a sick person, but he was a hell of a football player,” Switzer said. “Paranoid schizophrenic.” Clark grew up in Austin and led Reagan High School to a 1970 state championship. Clark went to Tyler Junior College and played defensive tackle. OU recruited him in 1973

  • Waco travelblog: Baylor's McLane Stadium a jewel on the Brazos

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    New stadiums are rare in college football. Expanded stadiums, yes. Renovated stadiums, sure. But new stadiums? Not so much. I would count Boone Pickens Stadium as new. But with a renovated twist. It wasn’t built from scratch. Same as Amon Carter Stadium at TCU. Both gorgeous stadiums with all kinds of cool amenities. But both […]

  • How the College Football Playoff should think: TCU over Mississippi State

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    I’ve got some bad news for college football. It’s not going to be a dramatic Tuesday night. Tuesday nights have become must-see television, as the College Football Playoff committee releases its rankings. But not a lot happened Saturday, which is to be expected when you’ve got a run of dud games. Alabama-Western Carolina. Oregon-Colorado. Mississippi […]

  • Thunder needs more out of Scott Brooks

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    When Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are running the show, overcoaching is a capital crime. But when they’re relegated to a fashion show on the bench, recovering from injuries, undercoaching can become the problem. Like Sunday night, when Golden State won 91-86, handing the Thunder yet another excruciating defeat.

  • Big 12 rankings: Baylor won't pass TCU this week

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    The TCU-Baylor debate hits the homestretch. How will the College Football Playoff committee rank the Big 12 leaders? No great reason to think Baylor will jump TCU on Tuesday night. The Bears beat OSU 49-28 Saturday night, which frankly was not an overwhelmingly impressive performance considering the way the Cowboys have been playing. The Frogs […]

  • OSU football: In Mason Rudolph, Cowboys seem to have found their quarterback of the future

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    WACO, Texas — Mike Gundy really isn’t in to answering questions these days, but the longer this game went on the banks of the Brazos, the more the prevailing question changed. No longer was it, why did Gundy pull the redshirt status off quarterback Mason Rudolph in the 11th game of the season? The question was, what took Gundy so long? Oklahoma State football absorbed its fifth straight loss, 49-28 at the hands of seventh-ranked Baylor, but this defeat was different from all those browbeating decisions that turned this season so sour. The Cowboys in this game found a quarterback and the future hope that goes with such a discovery. Rudolph, the true freshman from Rock Hill, S.C., with the old golfing

  • OSU football notebook: Return of Zach Crabtree helps out Cowboys' offensive line

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Redshirt freshman Zach Crabtree missed most of the previous five games with an injury, but he returned Saturday night and helped fortify the OSU’s offensive line in the Cowboys’ 49-28 loss to Baylor. Crabtree started at right tackle, which allowed Chris Grisbhy to move to left guard. Michael Wilson moved from left guard to right guard. Zac Veatch moved from right guard to tight end, where he started and played often in OSU power sets. And true freshman walkon Brad Lundblade started at center, where he split time with veteran Paul Lewis.

  • OSU football: Mason Rudolph holds his own against Baylor veteran Bryce Petty

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Here is a look at Baylor’s 49-28 win over Oklahoma State by the numbers: 3: Losses for OSU against Baylor in the Big 12 era. OSU now is 16-3 vs. the Bears since the conference formed in 1996. Only Oklahoma has mastered the Bears to that degree. Texas is 14-4 vs. Baylor. Nebraska was 8-0 before it left the Big 12. 3: Straight OSU losses against teams from Texas. The Cowboys had won eight straight against Texas schools, before losing at TCU on Oct. 18. 3: Offensive touchdowns for OSU the previous four games combined. 4: Offensive touchdowns for OSU vs. Baylor. 5: Interceptions thrown this year by Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. Two of those came against OSU on Saturday night.

  • OSU football report card: Cowboys' fight was a huge improvement

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Baylor beat the Cowboys 49-28 Saturday night, but in such a miserable season for OSU football, the fight that the Cowboys showed was a huge improvement. And the grades reflect it. PROTECTING MASON RUDOLPH PHYSICALLY: A The beleaguered OSU offensive line did a solid job keeping Baylor’s pass rush off Rudolph. He was sacked three times, but a couple of those came when Rudolph held the ball too long. The Cowboys used tight ends on the vast majority of their plays, including several snaps with two tight ends. Fullbacks also were a major part of the gameplan. The better protection allowed Rudolph to deliver on deep throws — he completed an uncanny five of eight on deep throws, for 209 yards. Most of those throws were right on

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Baylor

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    Oklahoma State looks to spring the upset on No. 6 Baylor in Waco. Follow our live coverage with The Oklahoman sports team.

  • College football: Go with Louisville to upset Notre Dame this weekend

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    When the first College Football Playoff committee rankings came out, Notre Dame was No. 10. And lots of people thought the Irish was underrated. Bob Stoops among them. Fast forward a few weeks, and Notre Dame is 7-3 and still seeking its first good win. The Irish’s only win over a team with a current winning record is Rice, 6-4. Saturday, Notre Dame continues its ACC commitment by playing at Louisville. The Cardinals and Irish both took Florida State to the wire. But the ‘Ville has a better resume’, having beaten Miami and Boston College, two 6-4 teams that rank somewhere above Rice on the food chain. The Notre Dame-Louisville winner could end up in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Oklahoma.

  • College football: Pitt's Paul Chryst can't exactly be comfortable with another 6-6 season

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    When Pittsburgh hired Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst, it seemed like a great fit. Chryst’s running-game background seemed perfect for a blue-collar football culture like Pitt. But Chryst’s first Panther team went 6-7 in 2012; then Pitt went 7-6 in 2013. Now the Panthers are 4-6, including 2-4 in the ACC, and finish the season with a home game against Syracuse and a road game at Miami. Pitt has to win both just to finish 6-6 for the third straight regular season. Sometimes timing is everything. A year after Chryst went to Pitt, Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema jumped to Arkansas. Chryst grew up in Madison and went to UW. He would have been natural for the Badger job had he still been on staff.

  • College football: USC stabilizing on the field despite turmoil off the field

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    It’s been a wild season at Southern Cal. Mostly for reasons unrelated to football. Cornerback Josh Shaw made up a story about saving a drowning nephew. Athletic director Pat Haden stormed the field against Stanford to berate officials. USC lost to Arizona State on a Hail Mary. Former star tailback LenDale White was escorted out of the Los Angeles Coliseum for vague reasons. Anthony Brown left the team and called coach Steve Sarkisian a racist. But amidst all the turmoil, USC has stabilized as a football team. The Trojans inexplicably lost at Boston College, and lost heartbreakers to Arizona State and Utah. But SC is 6-2 in the Pac-12 and has a chance to win the South Division. Not bad for a program that still feels

  • College football: USC at UCLA tops the list of this week's non-Big 12 games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    1. Southern Cal at UCLA, 7 p.m., ABC: If USC wins here and Arizona beats Arizona State next week, the Trojans win the Pac-12 South. 2. Ole Miss at Arkansas, 2:30 p.m., CBS: The Razorbacks have to beat Mississippi or Missouri to make a bowl; Ole Miss still is in the hunt for the SEC West title. 3. Missouri at Tennessee, 6:30 p.m., ESPN: Mizzou needs just two wins, here and Arkansas next week, to win the SEC East. 4. Arizona at Utah, 2:30 p.m., ESPN: There's actually a scenario by which the Utes could forge a five-way tie at 6-3 in the Pac-12 South. 5. Minnesota at Nebraska, 11 a.m., ESPN: If the Gophers win out, they win the Big Ten West. 6. Wisconsin at Iowa, 2:30 p.m., ESPN2: Badger tailback Melvin Gordon




Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 08:32:33 PM CST Deer Creek's Wyatt Bradbury receives special honor LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 07:58:31 PM CST Race is on for College Football Playoff's fourth seed LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 04:06:54 PM CST Deer Creek runner an example of what a teammate should be LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 12:31:07 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Perry Jones injury a hidden curse LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Nov. 25 2014 09:40:47 AM CST Big 12 efficiency ratings: Sooner defense finally rising LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 03:41:57 PM CST Oklahoma football: Will Samaje Perine be first string? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 02:35:18 PM CST OU football: Former Sooner running back Waymon Clark dies at age 61 LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 12:53:46 PM CST Waco travelblog: Baylor's McLane Stadium a jewel on the Brazos LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Nov. 24 2014 09:42:36 AM CST How the College Football Playoff should think: TCU over Mississippi State LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 23 2014 11:32:21 PM CST Thunder needs more out of Scott Brooks LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 23 2014 11:16:57 AM CST Big 12 rankings: Baylor won't pass TCU this week LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Nov. 23 2014 12:05:08 AM CST OSU football: In Mason Rudolph, Cowboys seem to have found their quarterback of the future LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Nov. 22 2014 11:30:31 PM CST OSU football notebook: Return of Zach Crabtree helps out Cowboys' offensive line LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Nov. 22 2014 11:30:31 PM CST OSU football: Mason Rudolph holds his own against Baylor veteran Bryce Petty LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Nov. 22 2014 11:30:31 PM CST OSU football report card: Cowboys' fight was a huge improvement LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Nov. 22 2014 05:11:29 PM CST Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Baylor LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Nov. 21 2014 06:29:26 PM CST College football: Go with Louisville to upset Notre Dame this weekend LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Nov. 21 2014 06:29:26 PM CST College football: USC at UCLA tops the list of this week's non-Big 12 games LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Nov. 21 2014 06:29:26 PM CST College football: USC stabilizing on the field despite turmoil off the field LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Nov. 21 2014 05:53:23 PM CST Mike Gundy has a dilemma at quarterback: play Mason Rudolph or Taylor Cornelius? LINK