Berry Tramel
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.

Top Stories


  • Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon's fate rests in hands of two men — district attorney Greg Mashburn and coach Bob Stoops

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    If Greg Mashburn files a felony charge, Stoops has been relieved of his decision-making. There is nothing else to talk about. But if Mashburn opts for a misdemeanor or no charge, then Stoops has options.

  • College football: Trevor Knight took advantage of big stage, J.W. Walsh could do the same

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    College football season arrives with rampant optimism surrounding the Sooners, in large part because of Trevor Knight, and some trepidation surrounding the Cowboys, in large part because of J.W. Walsh. Which is sort of strange. Because these quarterbacks have a lot in common. Both have had a spectacular performance or two. Both have produced a dud or two. Both have lost the starting job. Both have won it back. But Knight is perceived as a rising star, while Walsh is considered a stopgap until freshman Mason Rudolph can take the reins of the Air Raid offense. And there’s no great mystery why. Walsh’s breakout games came against Texas-San Antonio, Iowa State and Texas the year (2012) the Longhorns were horrid

  • Oklahoma football: Destroying the 'wrong place at the wrong time' myth

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    JOE MIXON — Wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t always mean unlucky. Sometimes it means you placed yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. What can coaches and teammates do to get through to young players that being out late and around alcohol is a sure way to find trouble?

  • Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The Thunder ranked second in NBA offense (points per possession) in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 but slipped to seventh last season. Points per possession is the best way to gauge an offense (or defense), and the Thunder slipped to 1.081 points per possession last season, after averaging 1.102 the year before.

  • Here's what Mack Brown's next job should be

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Former Texas coach was missed at Big 12 Media Days. But he doesn't need to stay out of coaching for long.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back from Big 12 Media Days, chatting OU, OSU and Thunder from H&H Shooting Sports. Get your questions in and Berry will be on at 11 with answers.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is taking a big chance on Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Green-Beckham found trouble at Missouri, twice for marijuana-related offenses and once for allegedly pushing a coed down a flight of stairs. If DGB finds more weed trouble in Norman, everyone will shake their head and blame the guy for being a goofball. If DGB has more domestic trouble, it won’t be just Green-Beckham’s butt in a sling. It will be Stoops’s. In part because of the timing.

  • Big 12 football notebook: TCU defensive end Devonte Fields suspended

    By Berry Tramel and Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!”

  • Big 12 football: Bob Bowlsby gets serious with 'cheating pays' pronouncement

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    It’s easy to write off Bowlsby’s bomb as a shot across the bow at the SEC. Finger-pointing at a league long cast as breaking the rules it didn’t have time to bend. But Bowlsby cut a wide swath. He was talking about the need for a cultural change, in both attitude and resources.

  • Big 12 Football: Baylor content to stay with soft non-conference schedule

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    BIG 12 NOTEBOOK — Baylor coach Art Briles responded to a question on whether he planned to upgrade the Bears’ non-league schedule in light of the College Football Playoff selection process by citing the need to “go unscathed”

  • Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers make their Big 12 picks

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    There’s no disagreement at the top of the conference as every one of The Oklahoman’s college football writers pick Oklahoma to win the league and Baylor to finish second. Here’s the reasoning and the picks for the rest of the league in 2014.

  • Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers' preseason Big 12 player of the year selections

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Our college football writers make their selections for the Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

  • Big 12 football: Oklahoman writers offer up three bold predictions for the season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Three bold predictions for the 2014 season: Ryan Aber OU Beat Writer 1. Oklahoma State knocks off Oklahoma, Baylor or Texas during what should be a rebuilding year for the Cowboys. 2. Outside of Dimitri Flowers, who was with the Sooners for spring practice, Michiah Quick becomes OU’s most impactful newcomer. 3. Two league coaches are fired after the season. Jason Kersey OU Beat Writer 1. Iowa State ends the regular season on a three-game winning streak, saving Paul Rhoads’ job for another year. 2. Sophomore Keith Ford becomes Oklahoma’s first 1,000-yard rusher since DeMarco Murray in 2010. 3. Texas drops two of its first three games, losing at home to BYU and to UCLA in

  • Big 12 football: 10 big questions to be answered at Big 12 Media Days

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    In honor of the number of schools in the misnamed conference, here are a big 10 questions that can be answered in the next two days about your favorite football league.

  • College football postseason: A look at the winners and losers in the new bowl world

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    The Cotton Bowl has returned with style, but some other bowls haven’t been so lucky. Here’s a look at the winners and losers.

  • Cotton Bowl Classic: Examining the rise, fall, and revival of a college football tradition

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jul 19, 2014

    Cotton Bowl chairman Tommy Bain was the featured speaker at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame’s quarterly leadership luncheon Thursday and detailed his game’s rally from the dark days of the mid-1990s.

  • Targeting rule worked in Big 12 Conference last year

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Either Big 12 football was remarkably clean, or the league’s defenders were scared straight. Big 12 crews called just eight targeting penalties last season, and four of those were wiped out by replay review.

  • From little league to the Big 12, Jerod Phillips has come a long way in officiating

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Aug. 31, Phillips will trot onto another field. It will be hot. It could be raining. But it won’t be in Jay and it won’t be little leaguers. Phillips will make his Big 12 officiating debut with the nationally televised Baylor-SMU game, which inaugurates McLane Stadium hard by the Brazos River.

  • Officials to crack down on college football coaches' sideline antics

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Coaches yell at players. Coaches yell at each other. Coaches yell at officials. Our own Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy can chew out a head linesman with the best of ‘em. But for the most part, referee-riding hasn’t dissolved into anarchy. This isn’t basketball.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back! Join him to talk preseason football, NBA offseason and Thunder free agency on the Power Lunch chat -- live from H&H Shooting Sports -- at 11 a.m.




Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:49:30 PM CST Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon's fate rests in hands of two men — district attorney Greg Mashburn and coach Bob Stoops LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 05:21:21 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Good news from academics LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 03:35:20 PM CST LA swap: Lakers, not Clippers, suddenly have ownership problem LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 12:45:00 PM CST LA swap: Lakers, not Clipppers, suddenly have ownership problem LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 09:09:13 AM CST How OU did NOT fail Joe Mixon LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 11:42:14 PM CST College football: Trevor Knight took advantage of big stage, J.W. Walsh could do the same LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 04:08:59 PM CST NBA All-Star Game: Extending break not a bad idea LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 02:25:43 PM CST Did OU fail Joe Mixon? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 09:38:00 AM CST Byron Scott's bad timing continues LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 05:24:40 PM CST Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 12:35:34 AM CST Oklahoma football: Destroying the 'wrong place at the wrong time' myth LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 04:05:47 PM CST Big 12 football: Baylor goes from hunter to hunted LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 09:41:00 AM CST College Football Playoff: This exercise will help you understand LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:07:10 PM CST Mack Brown and his downhome charm was missed at Big 12 Media Days LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 06:02:51 PM CST Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 10:42:42 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 08:48:50 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Van Malone challenges his cornerbacks LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:55:18 PM CST Why Cavs shouldn't trade for Kevin Love LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 12:55:25 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:45:51 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Pickups, RC Cola & mascots LINK