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.


  • Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    After Buddy Hield’s 3-point play off a spin move gave the Sooners a 42-39 lead with 10:57 left, the Sooners went almost 10 minutes with just one basket.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    OU and Michigan State was billed as a tossup game, and that’s the way it turned out. The Spartans made a couple plays down the stretch, and the grades reflect the Sooners’ disappointment.

  • Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    One national title, six Final Fours and a dozen Sweet 16’s since 1999, Michigan State’s reputation remains unassailed. Not always the best team on the bracket, but usually the toughest.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners

    By Ryan Aber and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma athletic director and tournament selection committee member Joe Castiglione was scheduled to be in Houston for the second weekend of the tournament. That’s where the Final Four will be held next year when Castiglione is the committee chair. But earlier this week on a conference call, Castiglione was informed that the assignments had been shuffled, allowing him to be in Syracuse for the Sooners’ game against Michigan State on Friday night at approximately 9:07. Castiglione won’t be alone. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is also a member of the committee and was also scheduled to be in Syracuse. “It’s nice that it was able to work out where we could both be here,” Castiglione said.

  • Bob Stoops and Tom Izzo have gone down similar career paths until recently

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The kindred spirits have gone down a very similar career path that forked only in the last six months. Stoops’ 2014 season seemed so very promising until crashing in October. Izzo’s current season seemed blah until the last six weeks, when the Spartans lived up to their pedigree.

  • Oklahoma basketball: After SAE video, former Texas Western player David Lattin had some advice for grandson Khadeem Lattin

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    Forty-nine years ago, Khadeem Lattin's grandfather made a memorable run through the NCCA tournament. His Texas Western team was the first team with an all-black starting unit to win the title. Now Khadeem Lattin's team is navigating through the bracket, on the heels of an OU racial scandal that drew the eyes of the nation.

  • Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooner defense underrated

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    “Oklahoma’s front line (mainly TaShawn Thomas and Ryan Spangler) did a great job staying in between us and the basket,” said Dayton coach Archie Miller, whose team fell 72-66 to the Sooners in the East Regional quarterfinals on Sunday night. “And we had very tough two-point shots that a month ago or whatever are a little easier to finish. You need some easy baskets. We weren’t able to get that.”

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Upsets open up region for Sooners

    By Ryan Aber and Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    By the time Oklahoma’s game against Dayton on Sunday began, the Sooners were the highest-seeded team remaining in the East Region.

  • Sooners use defense to get back in it and then win it against Dayton

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    The Sooners had a four-point lead and only 62 seconds to burn to reach the Sweet 16. But a Darrell Davis layup would have made this anybody’s ballgame and tightened the screws on an OU team known more for NCAA Tournament failure than NCAA Tournament success.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Dayton

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    OU’s 72-66 victory over Dayton in the East Regional quarterfinals Sunday night wasn’t easy. But it’s not supposed to be easy to reach the Sweet 16, and the grades reflect the hard-earned victory.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Why a trip to the Sweet 16 would help bring the sizzle back to Sooner basketball

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    The Sweet 16 is misnamed. It’s the Sizzle 16. The first week of the NCAA Tournament is about underdogs and drama and last-second shots. The second week separates the wheat from the tares. Make the regional semifinals, which the Sooners do by beating Dayton, and your profile changes among the people that matter most.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Flyers' size lines up well for Sooners

    BY RYAN ABER AND BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Dayton has no players bigger than 6-foot-6 and has been outrebounded 32.8 per game to 31.4. OU’s TaShawn Thomas, though, said the way Dayton forwards Dyshawn Pierre and Kendall Pollard play could make it difficult.

  • Oklahoma vs. Dayton: How OU has fared with a homecourt disadvantage

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    This will be the sixth time in NCAA Tournament history the Sooners have been on the wrong side of a homecourt advantage.

  • Isaiah Cousins' 3-pointer helped chase away demons of NCAA Tournament failures

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, Mar 21, 2015

    Albany, overmatched physically but playing with smarts and hearts, was poised to join the ranks of 14th-seeded Cinderellas. Then Cousins nailed that shot, and OU could breathe easy on its first NCAA victory since the Blake Griffin Sooners in 2009.

  • Oklahoma report card: Grading the Sooners' victory over Albany

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    OU’s 69-60 victory over Albany wasn’t dominant, but after what the other No. 3 seeds in this NCAA Tournament experienced, a workmanlike win was just fine, and the grades reflect it.

  • Baylor and Iowa State losses exposed the Big 12 as a fraud. Is Oklahoma next?

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    It was open season on the Big 12. Open season on No. 3 seeds. Uh-oh. The Sooners are a No. 3 seed from the Big 12.

  • NCAA basketball committee has given us the possibility of a Kansas-Wichita State game

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    The in-state schools haven’t played in 22 years. Kansas is not interested in a home-and-home series, Wichita State is prideful enough to demand no less, and so two really good basketball schools — I know, I’m short-changing KU with that tag — within a great state never play.

  • Oklahoma State basketball notebook: Does Travis Ford hate Christian Laettner?

    By John Helsley and Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    “For a little bit,” he said with a grin this week.

  • Why Oklahoma's football team is the wrong messenger in the protest against a racist fraternity video

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    COMMENTARY — It’s hard for OU football players to claim the high road in protest of racism given its recent association with violence against women.

  • NCAA Tournament: Picking the bracket

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    The NCAA Tournament starts Tuesday with the ridiculous First Four. Making eight teams participate in play-in games in Dayton, Ohio, is an abomination. Moreso this year than in others, since the Dayton Flyers play on their home floor against Boise State. You’d think with the watering down of college basketball, no one would see the […]




Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 08:25:58 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Here's one more thing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook's injuries have taken from the... LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 01:33:16 PM CST Syracuse travelblog: 23 degrees at 2 a.m. LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 12:56:35 AM CST Michigan State's defense was too much for Oklahoma LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 28 2015 12:56:35 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Michigan State LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Mar. 27 2015 03:11:44 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Mateen Cleaves talks Eduardo Najera LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Mar. 27 2015 10:28:53 AM CST Syracuse travelblog: Barbeque in upstate New York LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 08:08:41 PM CST Michigan State has a tough rock 'em, sock 'em basketball program LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 06:24:55 PM CST Oklahoma basketball notebook: Joe Castiglione makes it to Syracuse to support Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 05:11:12 PM CST Lon Kruger says college basketball has taken a step back LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 11:44:15 AM CST Syracuse travelblog: A trip to Cooperstown LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 12:22:21 AM CST Thunder has struggled against good teams LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:47:45 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Is the N word acceptable? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:11:21 PM CST Bob Stoops and Tom Izzo have gone down similar career paths until recently LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 11:06:11 AM CST Cleveland travelblog: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is here to stay LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:01:53 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: More on Khadeem Lattin LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 06:33:52 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: After SAE video, former Texas Western player David Lattin had some advice for grandson Kh... LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 09:23:55 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 07:05:16 PM CST Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 05:55:16 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 01:32:02 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooners flying Big 12 banner LINK

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