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.


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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Will the Thunder coaching search end with Billy Donovan? If so, why did the Thunder go after the Florida head coach? Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. from H&H Shooting Sports.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Is Scott Brooks' job in jeopardy? Will the Big 12 bring back the title game in football and if so, what will its impact be? Ask Berry Tramel your questions on the Thunder, Sooners, Cowboys and more on the Power Lunch chat live at 11 a.m.

  • Majority of Big 12 football coaches favor conference title game

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    TCU coach Gary Patterson and Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads chatted on the field before their game at TCU’s Amon Carter Stadium last December. Patterson’s Horned Frogs were ranked third by the College Football Playoff and seemed poised to make the College Football Playoff. Rhoads wished Patterson luck with the upcoming rankings. And Patterson responded […]

  • Mason Rudolph has OSU football confidence soaring

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    OSU has found its quarterback. There’s no doubt about that, not with the way Mason Rudolph played down the stretch of the 2014 season and the way he looked in the Orange-White Game on Saturday. I wrote about Rudolph for the Sunday Oklahoman, which you can read here. It’s clear that the Cowboys hold their […]

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys receive two verbal commitments for 2016 signing class during spring game

    By John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson, Jenni Carlson and Berry Tramel | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Athlete Tyrell Alexander (Lancaster High School, Texas) and cornerback Rodarius Williams (Calvary Academy, La.) both tweeted out their intentions to play for OSU next season

  • Oklahoma State football: Mason Rudolph give Cowboys a much-needed leader at quarterback

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Mason Rudolph is more than just the Cowboy quarterback. At age 19, he’s the Cowboys’ offensive leader.

  • Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboys get an 'A' for ballhawking after producing four spring game turnovers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 18, 2015

    Optimism prevails around OSU football this spring, and that spirit was evident after an Orange-White Game that produced no glaring question marks Saturday.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Is the Thunder playoff bound? What's to make of OU's spring game? What can we look for during OSU's spring game? Ask Berry Tramel on the live chat from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Questions about the Thunder's playoff hopes? Spring football? A Bedlam baseball blowout? Ask Berry Tramel on the live chat from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m.

  • Collected Wisdom: Eddie Sutton, former Oklahoma State basketball coach

    INTERVIEWED BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    Eddie Sutton came from Bucklin, Kan., played basketball at Oklahoma A&M for the iconic Henry Iba, began a wildly successful coaching career and in 1990 returned to his alma mater, where he restored OSU hoops to its former glory, including Final Four trips in 1995 and 2004. Sutton currently is in a Tulsa physical rehabilitation center, recovering from a fall in his home.

  • OSU or OU: Which has the most NCAA Tournament wins?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Something I like to do every few years is rank college basketball programs by their NCAA Tournament victories. I think it’s a great gauge of a school’s status and tradition. Sure, it’s not perfect. But it’s a great measuring stick. NCAA wins are what matter most. That’s what defines greatness in the sport. Yes, the […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Travis Ford, Serge Ibaka's return and Kevin Durant's comments

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered readers' questions on the Power Lunch chat Wednesday live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Why buying out Travis Ford would've been completely irresponsible

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Travis Ford’s fate is being debated by OSU athletic director, according to a report by our man John Helsley which you can read here, and it comes down to two decisions: Can OSU collect enough money to pay off Ford’s contract, which still has four years remaining and would cost more than $8 million? Should […]

  • NCAA Tournament makes us forget that college basketball is a sport in trouble

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    College basketball attendance is down for the seventh straight regular season. ESPN’s ratings this season were down. The sport’s regular season is becoming less and less attractive as it trots out 20th-century rules for a 21st-century audience.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Berry Tramel is live from Columbus, Ohio, where he's getting ready for OU's NCAA Tournament opener against Albany on Friday. Ask Berry your tourney questions and more on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • 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.

  • NCAA Tournament: Sooners get an excellent draw

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The NCAA basketball committee has a way of cutting the baby in half. OU wanted to go Omaha. Instead, OSU is going to Omaha. But if OSU can beat Oregon in a first-round game, top-seeded Wisconsin almost surely awaits. So the Sooners aren’t looking for any swaps. They’ll take Columbus. Let’s analyze the assignments for […]

  • NCAA Bracket Watch: It looks like OU is likely headed West

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Selection Sunday has arrived, and the projected NCAA Tournament is less volatile than any in years. Not much movement with teams playing their way into, or out of, the 68-team field. Let’s answer a few questions as we await the 5 p.m. Sunday announcement: Where is OU headed? West, say the odds. The Sooners seem a likely 4-seed. The top four seeds in each regional are aligned by geography, as much as possible. And the top-4 seeds seem fairly solid. That means natural assignments for sites Omaha (Kansas and either Wisconsin, Northern Iowa or Iowa State), Columbus (two of Iowa State, Wisconsin and Northern Iowa), Louisville (Kentucky and Notre Dame), Pittsburgh (Villanova and Maryland) and Charlotte (Virginia

  • Buddy Hield got hot at the right time for Sooners

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    Hield got hot at the right time in this Bedlam Big 12 Tournament quarterfinal. Hield’s Sooners trailed by nine points and were shooting just 24 percent early in the second half. But OU scored on six straight possessions, Hield scored 10 points in that spree and the Sooners eventually wore down OSU 64-49 to reach the Big 12 semifinals.

  • Big 12 Tournament: Oklahoma eliminates Oklahoma State

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    OU beat OSU 64-49 Thursday night in the Sprint Center, where the Sooners will play Iowa State at approximately 8:20 p.m. Friday in the Big 12 Tournament semifinals.




Berry Tramel Sat, May. 02 2015 08:50:46 PM CST OKC Thunder: Billy Donovan faces tough task to win in first year with Thunder LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 02 2015 05:50:16 PM CST Billy Donovan: How have college coaches fared in the NBA? LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 02 2015 01:51:30 PM CST Jack Ramsay's advice for college coaches jumping to the NBA LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 08:07:55 PM CST Leadership, substance are accents that make Billy Donovan a fine hire LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 06:12:16 PM CST Kentucky Derby: American Pharoah has the best name LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 12:55:32 PM CST David Thorpe says Billy Donovan is going to be a lot like Scott Brooks LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 01 2015 09:18:16 AM CST Similarities abound between Billy Donovan and Barry Switzer LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 08:59:48 PM CST Is hiring Billy Donovan a risk? Aside from Gregg Popovich, Mike Krzyzewski, who isn't? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 03:35:58 PM CST What does Sam Presti really mean when he talks about Billy Donovan? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 11:31:25 AM CST 1975 OU linebacker Jamie Thomas dies LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 09:42:18 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 30 2015 09:41:40 AM CST Freshmen ineligibility would help college basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 29 2015 04:46:41 PM CST 2015 NBA playoffs haven't matched 2014 LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 29 2015 04:05:30 PM CST The Billy Donovan/Rick Pitino union almost never happened LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 29 2015 02:32:13 PM CST Billy Donovan's list of Florida players in the NBA is impressive LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 28 2015 08:44:25 PM CST Berry Tramel: Thunder GM Sam Presti is searching for the next Brad Stevens LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 28 2015 02:41:13 PM CST A solution to the hack-a-Shaq problem LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 28 2015 11:13:29 AM CST John Wooden rejected NBA; Will Krzyzewski? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 27 2015 04:30:37 PM CST OC's Randy Heath to step down from coaching after 46 years LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 27 2015 12:28:38 PM CST Emails in on Scotty Brooks' firing LINK

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