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.


  • Joe Mixon will always be the guy who hit the girl

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 18, 2014

    No plea, no verdict, no court decision of any kind, will change that. Mixon has begun a sentence that will take years to serve.

  • Bedlam 2013: How a single play changed the college football landscape in Oklahoma and beyond

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    Boone Pickens Stadium erupted. Roared at its loudest. Louder than the apex of that 2011 Bedlam rout. Louder than the 2013 blowout of Baylor, with GameDay in tow. Louder than Dez Bryant’s touchdowns against Georgia in 2009. But only for a second. Only for an instant. Only for a speck of time. That’s how long we all thought Justin Gilbert had intercepted Blake Bell’s pass and sealed a Bedlam verdict.

  • Bedlam 2013: OSU's Glenn Spencer doesn't play the what-if game

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff writer | Published: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    STILLWATER — Glenn Spencer doesn’t deal in what-ifs. The Oklahoma State defensive coordinator doesn’t spend time wondering how the world would be different if Justin Gilbert had hung onto what would have been a game-sealing interception last December in Bedlam. Spencer didn’t even allow himself to get excited when it appeared Gilbert would make the interception. “I think I saw the ball loose,” Spencer said. “I’m always on the pessimistic side, so I’m assuming the worst. I have to think about the next call. In my mind, I went right to the next call. If that would have happened, that would have been great. But I immediately had to go, ‘all right, all that is is a fancy pass breakup.’ And they got another down.

  • College athletics are changing — and not in a good way

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 8, 2014

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby didn’t deliver the message with folksiness. He was stern and foreboding. He painted a bleak picture. He was dark and disturbed.

  • Oklahoma football: Why Bob Stoops takes on the SEC propaganda machine without apology

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Thu, Aug 7, 2014

    The current college football culture is one of capitulation. The SEC gets to dine first, and other conferences are expected to scrap for the crumbs from the table. Nonsense, Stoops believes. When he challenges the SEC, Stoops is planting seeds. Seeds of doubt that the SEC rules unopposed in the campus kingdom.

  • College football: Schools that step up a class are in for rugged times.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    COMMENTARY — The lack of success in their new conferences by the likes of TCU, Utah and West Virginia has to have subliminal effects on the committee that will choose the four-team field for the College Football Playoff.

  • This Oklahoma State football season could mirror 2012

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    These Cowboys are wiped out on defense, returning just four starters, and are picked fifth in the Big 12. The 2012 Cowboys were wiped out of offensive star power. No Brandon Weeden. No Justin Blackmon. No Josh Cooper. They were picked fourth in the Big 12.

  • Oklahoma football: A season full of promise is off to an uncomfortable start

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    Strange times around Oklahoma football these days. Unbridled excitement, courtesy of beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. A bunch of youthful veterans, a quarterback who outdueled A.J. McCarron, a defense Mike Stoops loves and a navigable schedule.

  • In college football, it's a little too easy to get married and a little too hard to get divorced

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Aug 1, 2014

    Collegiate athletics already focus too much on the wedding, not enough on the marriage. Nebraska’s Bo Pelini and Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald have ideas on how to fix recruiting, but they sound more like making it easier to get married.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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




Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 05:28:51 PM CST OKC Thunder: Keeping Reggie Jackson is a priority, but it won't be easy LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 04:00:00 PM CST Emails in on Joe Mixon LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:02:23 AM CST Johnny Manziel's salute: Welcome to Kevin Sumlin's nightmare LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:32:37 PM CST Joe Mixon will always be the guy who hit the girl LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 12:49:19 PM CST Thunder most attractive team to TV executives LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 09:22:56 AM CST AP preseason poll: More meaningless than ever LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 14 2014 03:23:28 PM CST Oklahoma football: What did Bedlam 2013 mean? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 14 2014 09:37:44 AM CST Darryl Strawberry: Could have been a (OSU) Cowboy LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 13 2014 09:34:14 PM CST Darryl Strawberry still battles his 'monster inside' LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 13 2014 10:58:42 AM CST Big 12 football: Where have all the quarterbacks gone? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 12 2014 09:42:32 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: I'm dreaming of no Christmas Day game LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 11 2014 09:53:35 AM CST A fabulous PGA without Tiger LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 10 2014 06:59:33 PM CST Building superteams in NBA is not a new fad LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 08 2014 10:05:59 PM CST College athletics are changing — and not in a good way LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 08 2014 01:02:00 PM CST Coaches want to beef up schedules? Yeah, right LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 08 2014 09:47:01 AM CST What does autonomy mean for power five conferences? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 07 2014 11:20:53 PM CST Kevin Durant leaves Team USA LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 07 2014 08:07:47 PM CST Oklahoma football: Why Bob Stoops unapologetically takes on the SEC propoganda machine LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 07 2014 01:29:12 PM CST PGA Championship: Whatever happened to Bob May? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 07 2014 09:32:25 AM CST Big 12 football: TCU & West Virginia have struggled LINK