Berry Tramel
Sports Columnist and Reporter

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.


  • Tyler Brown puts Lexington football on the map

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Brown’s hometown gathered in Lexington High School’s commons area Wednesday to watch the boy mountain sign a football letter of intent with OSU. Lex’s first Division I scholarship in anyone’s memory.

  • Could Baker Mayfield transfer and get his fourth season elsewhere?

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Jan 31, 2016

    If the school from which the player graduated signs off, the NCAA routinely allows transfers to transfer again. Heck, we’ve seen that happen twice in recent months involving OSU players.

  • High school basketball: 'Joke' turned Lindy Waters' life upside down

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Lindy Waters III, “Trey,” a senior basketball star at Norman North, in October was expelled from school for the rest of the academic year.

  • Collected Wisdom: Hub Reed was one of Abe Lemons' first standout players at Oklahoma City University

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 30, 2016

    Hub Reed attended Capitol Hill High School, then became one of Abe Lemons’ first basketball stars at Oklahoma City University. Reed starred on OCU’s 1956 and 1957 NCAA Tournament teams, then was drafted 14th overall by the Cincinnati Royals.

  • How Oklahoma paved the way for LSU phenom Ben Simmons

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 26, 2016

    Recruiting was different. The summer circuit wasn’t so much AAU tournaments and elite camps. Sometimes, you could find a prospect on urban asphalts.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 20, 2016

    Join The Oklahoman's sports columnist Berry Tramel to talk about OU, OSU and the Thunder at 11 a.m. in the Power Lunch live chat.

  • Travis Ford's smile is wide as OSU routs Kansas

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    Ford has been playing and coaching basketball for most of his 46 years, including plenty of games with bigger stakes than Tuesday night. But Ford is hard-pressed to recollect a game that meant more to him than this masterpiece.

  • Make it five Golden Rings for Nick Saban

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Jan 12, 2016

    Saban has coached Alabama to four national championships and LSU to one.

  • College Football Pregame: Why Lane Kiffin is the coach on the hot seat

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Alabama has won a national title with Nick Saban as head coach. Three, actually. Bama has won a national title with Kirby Smart as defensive coordinator. Three, actually. But Alabama has not won a national title with Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator. Kiffin was head coach at Tennessee in 2009, when Saban won his first Bama title. Kiffin was head coach at Southern Cal in 2011 and 2012, when Saban won his next two titles. Kiffin joined the Bama staff last season, and the Crimson Tide offense has been mostly excellent under his watch, despite pedestrian quarterbacking. But Alabama football is about one thing. “I don't think fun is a word used around program much,” Kiffin said. “We're not here

  • COACH ON THE HOT SEAT: Lane Kiffin

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Alabama has won a national title with Nick Saban as head coach. Three, actually. Bama has won a national title with Kirby Smart as defensive coordinator. Three, actually. But Alabama has not won a national title with Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator. Kiffin was head coach at Tennessee in 2009, when Saban won his first Bama title. Kiffin was head coach at Southern Cal in 2011 and 2012, when Saban won his next two titles. Kiffin joined the Bama staff last season, and the Crimson Tide offense has been mostly excellent under his watch, despite pedestrian quarterbacking. But Alabama football is about one thing. “I don't think fun is a word used around program much,” Kiffin said. “We're not here to have fun. We're

  • College Football Playoff Pregame: Prediction time

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The last time Clemson won the national championship, 1981, the Tigers finished 12-0. In 1992, now-Clemson coach Dabo Swinney played on Alabama's national title team, which finished 13-0. These Tigers are 14-0 and still haven't won the title. So it's been a grind for Clemson. But the Tigers aren't stressed. They were loose at the Orange Bowl. They're loose at the national title game. “To me, it would be sad to come up here and be all stressed out,” Swinney said. “Stressed about what? I hope they have some fun along the way.” Alabama is the most physically imposing team, but that doesn't always determine the victor. Big plays are the ticket to success, and a loose team can make big plays.

  • UPSET SPECIAL: Clemson over Alabama

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    The last time Clemson won the national championship, 1981, the Tigers finished 12-0. In 1992, now-Clemson coach Dabo Swinney played on Alabama's national title team, which finished 13-0. These Tigers are 14-0 and still haven't won the title. So it's been a grind for Clemson. But the Tigers aren't stressed. They were loose at the Orange Bowl. They're loose at the national title game. “To me, it would be sad to come up here and be all stressed out,” Swinney said. “Stressed about what? I hope they have some fun along the way.” Alabama is the most physically imposing team, but that doesn't always determine the victor. Big plays are the ticket to success, and a loose team can make big plays.

  • College Football Playoff Pregame: Ranking the top 5 players in the game

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The top five players in the national championship game: 1. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson: Watson proved to be the real deal with his Orange Bowl performance against Oklahoma. 2. Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland: A unanimous all-American and worthy successor in the lineage of C.J. Mosley and Rolando McClain. 3. Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson: All-American from Fort Worth Arlington Heights. He'd look awfully good on a Big 12 line, don't you think? 4. Alabama tailback Derrick Henry: Henry looked like a Heisman-caliber tailback two years ago in the Sugar Bowl against OU. Now he's a Heisman-winning tailback. 5. Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson: Suffered a knee injury against

  • THE LIST: Ranking the players

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — The top five players in the national championship game: 1. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson: Watson proved to be the real deal with his Orange Bowl performance against Oklahoma. 2. Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland: A unanimous all-American and worthy successor in the lineage of C.J. Mosley and Rolando McClain. 3. Alabama defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson: All-American from Fort Worth Arlington Heights. He'd look awfully good on a Big 12 line, don't you think? 4. Alabama tailback Derrick Henry: Henry looked like a Heisman-caliber tailback two years ago in the Sugar Bowl against OU. Now he's a Heisman-winning tailback. 5. Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson: Suffered a knee injury against

  • If Deshaun Watson plays great, Clemson will beat Alabama

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jan 11, 2016

    Most agree that Alabama has better overall talent than does Clemson in the national championship game Monday night. But Clemson has the better quarterback, and that’s never a bad place to start.

  • Alabama Football: Norman North's David Cornwell ready to compete for Tide QB job

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    PHOENIX — Alabama quarterback David Cornwell played at Norman North High School in 2013 and at Jones High School in 2012. Cornwell hasn't played in his two Bama seasons but hopes to compete for the starting job with the departure of current starter Jake Coker. The Oklahoman chatted with Cornwell on Saturday during Media Day for the Alabama-Clemson game. How has the bowl season gone for you? Cornwell: “It's been good. Lot of good practices. Look forward to this game. Just ending the season, it's been a really good time. Really good season. Go back to the Ole Miss loss, that was really tough, but just how far we've fought as a team since then, figuring out our identity as a team. Derrick (Henry) winning the Heisman,

  • Saban says he doesn't compare to Bear Bryant

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    If you want to talk about establishing tradition and building Alabama’s brand and those types of things, fine. The edge goes to Bryant. But in terms of on-field success, Saban clearly has trumped the Bear.

  • College football: Nick Saban's serious approach has Alabama on the verge of another national title

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    PHOENIX — The down marker was wrong at Alabama's practice Friday morning back in Tuscaloosa. The stick said “2.” It should have said “3.” Uh-oh. Somebody was about to feel Nick Saban's wrath. “It don't matter who you are,” said Alabama defensive lineman D.J. Pettway. “You can be the guy holding sticks up. You can get cussed out. This dude is really serious about this.” Has there ever been a more apt description about The Great Saban? Serious.

  • Arizona travelblog: The Big Eight lives at Clemson-Alabama media day

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Jan 10, 2016

    Saturday in the Valley of the Sun was Media Day, and the College Football Playoff has tried to mimic the Super Bowl. Media Day last season was held in the Dallas Convention Center, and Media Day this season was held in the Phoenix Convention Center, both adjacent to a fan fest, which ran all day. Any brave fan willing to get going around 8:30 a.m. could sit in bleachers and watch the media at work. Doesn’t sound like my idea of a good time, and you could say the same for Alabama and Clemson fans. Maybe 100 Clemson and 75 Bama fans took advantage of the opportunity. Meanwhile, on an artificial turf football field, hundreds of media mingled with the teams, one at a time. Head coaches and stars were placed

  • Collected Wisdom of Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    Venables joined Bob Stoops at OU in 1999 and coached Sooner linebackers for 13 years, the final eight as the defensive coordinator.




Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 06:43:31 PM CST Super Bowl 50: For Purcell's Clifford Thrift the ring is still the thing https://t.co/JHvdJieHQ0
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:37:58 PM CST Can Buddy Hield surpass Wayman Tisdale's records? https://t.co/u7xBdk9pDn
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 05:25:42 PM CST Super Bowl: A look at Oklahomans with their Super Bowl rings https://t.co/4VmWsZSOVP
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 01:24:02 PM CST Why did OU go so heavy after junior-college transfers? https://t.co/5qQoeInlh1
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 05 2016 08:56:58 AM CST Wade Phillips: A reason to cheer for the Broncos https://t.co/36sG9GViDf
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 09:14:33 PM CST Can Russell Westbrook average a triple double? https://t.co/3qUTqkA5tx
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 01:53:33 PM CST OSU basketball can't play without Jawun Evans https://t.co/8t5YoC1pqe
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 04 2016 09:10:55 AM CST Why did OU have trouble recruiting in Texas? https://t.co/0qkAaoRxmC
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 07:51:38 PM CST Tyler Brown puts Lexington football on the map https://t.co/ggUbYk7z0y
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 01:00:42 PM CST West Virginia emerges as OU's chief Big 12 threat https://t.co/jUqutARMhO
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 03 2016 10:03:51 AM CST Does Kevin Durant want titles or a legacy? https://t.co/Z9nG0FnHqA
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 02 2016 11:22:45 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel https://t.co/piIwlWSJ1A
Berry Tramel Tue, Feb. 02 2016 09:47:42 AM CST Kansas cornerbacks have led Broncos to Super Bowl 50 https://t.co/8YxWCf4cOj
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 05:31:03 PM CST NBA's Western Conference standings are sequestered https://t.co/kHzZ6HEIFM
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 02:08:49 PM CST Did Jeff Hornacek make a mistake not taking the Iowa State job? https://t.co/DoZqjD7FB8
Berry Tramel Mon, Feb. 01 2016 10:34:50 AM CST Bruce Pearl played the SEC pride card vs. OSU https://t.co/GMMeSD8jMk
Berry Tramel Sun, Jan. 31 2016 08:30:32 PM CST Could Baker Mayfield transfer and get his fourth season elsewhere? https://t.co/AVry8CSA2E
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 30 2016 06:44:04 PM CST High school basketball: 'Joke' turned Lindy Waters' life upside down https://t.co/sEUiGB9x27
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 30 2016 06:44:03 PM CST Collected Wisdom: Hub Reed was one of Abe Lemons' first standout players at Oklahoma City University https://t.co/cXQaSimaec
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 30 2016 12:52:21 AM CST OKC Thunder: Dwight Howard's ejection lets Enes Kanter dominate https://t.co/F1xmAgWEr9

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