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.

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

    staff reports | Updated: 3 hr ago

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., where he'll be answering your questions live from H&H Shooting Sports on the Thunder heading into the playoffs, spring football and more.

  • Oklahoma State football: Tyreek Hill's tantalizing speed gives Cowboy coaches a unique weapon to employ

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Mike Gundy’s mantra seems simple and direct. Get Tyreek Hill the ball. It’s clear that the OSU coaches don’t know exactly what they have in Hill, a Garden City (Kan.) Community College transfer, other than something quite unique.

  • Oklahoma State football report card: Cowboy quarterbacks earn an 'A' on deep throws

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Hard to grade spring competition, since anything good for an offense is equally bad for the defense, and vice versa. But we saw enough at OSU’s Orange Blitz on Saturday to get a good read on the Cowboys.

  • Oklahoma State quarterback suffers knee injury at practice

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, btramel@opubco.com | Updated: Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman suffered an apparent knee injury in practice Friday and was carted off the field, according to multiple sources. His availability for the Orange Blitz on Saturday and practice the rest of the spring is unknown. An OSU source said coach Mike Gundy would address Garman’s status after the Orange Blitz. Garman, a transfer from Arizona, has been running second-team at quarterback this spring, behind J.W. Walsh. A source said Garman was not hit but fell awkwardly as he was scrambling. OSU officials tended to Garman for about five minutes, after which he was not able to place weight on his leg. He was helped off the field and carried away in a cart.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Better to let Ford's contract wither down

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    We sat in Travis Ford’s office this week, a group of eight or so reporters, and talked to the beleaguered OSU basketball coach. Ford didn’t sound like a guy wanting to get out of Stillwater or resigned to the fact that he’s on the chopping block.

  • Oklahoma State football: New scholarship distribution helps defense

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Mike Gundy opened football practice to the media Tuesday, then gave us an extra gift. An 85-play scrimmage. Which means we sort of could figure out what the heck we were watching. It was much appreciated. But so was Gundy’s post-scrimmage briefing, in which he candid and informative.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: How the 2003-04 Cowboys brought OSU's campus together

    Published: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Basketball games became a happening in Stillwater when those Cowboys made a run to the Final Four.

  • Where are they now?: Saint Joseph's Tyrone Barley, the player who was defending John Lucas' shot

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Ten years ago this month, OSU’s John Lucas sank a shot over Saint Joseph’s Tyrone Barley that sent the Cowboys to the Final Four. Lucas remains in the NBA, with the Utah Jazz. Barley is in a Pennsylvania prison, sentenced last November to 10-to-20 years for armed robbery and a reckless police chase. According to the Local Daily News of West Chester, Pa., Barley pleaded guilty last September to charges that he held three women at gunpoint during a robbery in West Chester on Feb. 20, 2013. Barley was Saint Joseph’s sixth man on its great 2003-04 team. He went on to play professionally in New Zealand and in the minor league American Basketball Association, then worked with troubled youths and from many accounts was a

  • NCAA Tournament: Remembering the 25 most memorable shots in 75 years of the NCAAs

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    To commemorate the 75-year anniversary of the NCAA Tournament, ESPN last year listed the 75 most memorable moments in tournament history. John Lucas’ shot to beat St. Joseph’s was among the top 25.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Remembering the shot that 'sneaked' the Cowboys into Final Four

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Mar 30, 2014

    Ten years ago, John Lucas became an OSU icon with shot that lifted team to NCAA Tournament semifinals

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Why Travis Ford's contract has been a burden for him and OSU

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Mar 29, 2014

    Travis Ford is walking around in a suit of armor. That contract protects Ford, but it also constricts him. Defines him. It’s a point of controversy. It’s a magnifying glass for what Ford hasn’t accomplished, at a school that won 22 NCAA Tournament games from 1991 through 2005 but has won just one since.

  • Oklahoma State football: Brandon Weeden weighs in on OSU quarterbacks, being a Dallas Cowboy

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer | Published: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    The Dallas Cowboys’ Brandon Weeden stopped by OSU practice on Thursday. Weeden shared his thoughts on a variety of subjects.

  • Oklahoma State football: Beware on Sunday, NFL to hire Shawn Hochuli

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    I’ve got some news that should alarm all NFL fans and will boil the blood of every OSU fan. Shawn Hochuli will join the ranks of NFL officials in the 2014 season. Yes, the same Shawn Hochuli who presided over the worst officiating that I can remember, the 2012 OSU-Arizona football game.

  • OSU football notebook: Brandon Weeden impressed with OSU's new training facility

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    The Dallas Cowboys quarterback calls OSU’s new indoor digs “first class.”

  • Reeling in decision-makers would loosen the noose on college athletes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Coaches and administrators have not protected the athletes in their charge. Coaches and administrators talk about the high ideals on which college athletics is based. They do not practice them.

  • Oklahoma State football: Can Cowboys keep up newfound aggressive nature with new players?

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    STILLWATER – The 2013 Oklahoma State Cowboys vowed to play more aggressive defense than in the season before. Mission accomplished. In 2013, OSU sacked the quarterback the same number of times, 25, as in 2012, but those passers were more harried. OSU’s interception total went from 11 in 2012 to 21 in 2013. But the Cowboys will undertake massive personnel changes in 2014. Seven seniors started on defense last season. “It's a 180 degree flip from when I was sitting here last year,” said defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, whose promotion to that job coincided with the increased aggressiveness. “I probably said the appropriate things, but inside I knew we had a chance to be really good. Right now, we

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Rob Glass' offseason program vital to Cowboys success on offensive, defensive lines

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy often raves about the offseason workout program administered by Rob Glass, and this spring is no exception. Here’s an example. “The offensive linemen look different,” Gundy said. “Zachary Crabtree is developing some, and Vili Leveni is developing on the defensive line. You see a few guys that you think have developed enough that you feel like might be able to help you out early in the season. Others might take a little longer and you talk about them helping you in games six through 13… “Rob Glass could very well be the most important person in our program. Our strength and conditioning allows us to be hands-on with our players all year round. Coaches have limitations on how

  • Oklahoma State football: Marcell Ateman has to work harder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy gave some insight the other day to why certain players play and perhaps why certain players don’t. Gundy was not available to outside media after spring practice Monday or Tuesday but did respond to some questions from OSU personnel.

  • OSU football notebook: Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich fired up

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    The Oklahoma State coach is excited to start working with freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph.

  • OSU football: Quarterback J.W. Walsh is a starter when it comes to team leaders

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Walsh is not guaranteed to start the Cowboys’ opener. He still has to beat out freshman Mason Rudolph and Daxx Garman in spring and fall practices.




Berry Tramel Today at 9:31 AM Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 9:31 AM Bobby Bowden talks OU & OSU LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 11:57:54 PM CST College football: Bobby Bowden saw the need for Fellowship of Christian Athletes LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 05:22:22 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Seminoles riding high in the spring LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 02:30:38 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Cheers for Creighton, but where's Wichita State? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Apr. 15 2014 10:22:13 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Does playing poorly matter going into the playoffs? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 14 2014 05:29:07 PM CST Oklahoma football: How Baker Mayfield pushes Trevor Knight LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 14 2014 01:37:34 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Better on defense than offense LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Apr. 14 2014 11:37:19 AM CST Bubba wins the Masters: Ranking the best Bubbas LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Apr. 13 2014 08:32:17 PM CST Simple-minded people hurt NBA's reputation more than anything LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 12 2014 08:32:47 PM CST Oklahoma football: Eric Striker and the OU offense provides plenty of reason for optimism LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Apr. 12 2014 06:38:42 PM CST Oklahoma spring football report card: Sooners' offense inefficient in spring game LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 11 2014 05:01:40 PM CST Missouri cuts Dorial Green-Beckham LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 11 2014 03:00:59 PM CST Oklahoma football: Cultivating future customers LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Apr. 11 2014 09:39:06 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Wild scramble for first-round playoff foe LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 10 2014 07:49:47 PM CST Good things will happen if Sooners keep the same frame of mind LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 10 2014 03:58:06 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Welcome back, Thabo LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 10 2014 10:20:12 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Apr. 10 2014 07:10:03 AM CST Masters pick: Jason Day LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Apr. 09 2014 04:16:48 PM CST UConn basketball: An amazing success story LINK