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.


  • 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.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back from Big 12 Media Days, chatting OU, OSU and Thunder from H&H Shooting Sports. Get your questions in and Berry will be on at 11 with answers.

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Bob Stoops sat down at his appointed post, in the corner of the ballroom in Dallas’ Omni Hotel on Tuesday, and accepted his 90-minute sentence with aplomb. Stoops was in a good mood, knew he would face some Dorial Green-Beckham questions, knew he would be asked about the college football playoff and Big 12 scheduling […]

  • 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: No change in Baylor schedule

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby touted his league’s non-conference schedule. During his state-of-the-conference address Monday to kick off Big 12 Media Days, Bowlsby said, “This year’s nonconference schedule includes 11 institutions that were in bowl games last year, including both of the teams that were in the national championship game. And so we are taking […]

  • 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

  • Big 12 football: 10 big questions to be answered at Big 12 Media Days

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    In honor of the number of schools in the misnamed conference, here are a big 10 questions that can be answered in the next two days about your favorite football league.

  • Targeting rule worked in Big 12 Conference last year

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Either Big 12 football was remarkably clean, or the league’s defenders were scared straight. Big 12 crews called just eight targeting penalties last season, and four of those were wiped out by replay review.

  • Test your football knowledge with Big 12 officiating test

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Big 12 officiating clinic, conducted by CFO West, an organization that administers football officiating for a variety of conferences, always is interesting. I spent last Saturday in Irving, Texas, embedded with Big 12 officials and Big 12 officiating director Walt Anderson. Like always, I learned a lot of football. An annual part of the […]

  • Big 12 preseason poll not so accurate in 10-team format

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Big 12 preseason media poll is out, and the Sooners are an overwhelming pick to win the conference title. So what does that mean? This is the 19th Big 12 preseason poll. In the previous 18, 15 included years in which the league was split into two divisions. So there have been 33 first-place […]

  • From little league to the Big 12, Jerod Phillips has come a long way in officiating

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    On Aug. 31, Phillips will trot onto another field. It will be hot. It could be raining. But it won’t be in Jay and it won’t be little leaguers. Phillips will make his Big 12 officiating debut with the nationally televised Baylor-SMU game, which inaugurates McLane Stadium hard by the Brazos River.

  • Officials to crack down on college football coaches' sideline antics

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Coaches yell at players. Coaches yell at each other. Coaches yell at officials. Our own Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy can chew out a head linesman with the best of ‘em. But for the most part, referee-riding hasn’t dissolved into anarchy. This isn’t basketball.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back! Join him to talk preseason football, NBA offseason and Thunder free agency on the Power Lunch chat -- live from H&H Shooting Sports -- at 11 a.m.

  • Oklahoma football: Hello, Big Ten

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    The Sooners on Monday announced a future home-and-home football series with Michigan, 2025 and 2026. That’s a long ways away. My granddaughter is 8. She’ll have finished a year of college when the Sooners and Wolverines play. But at least OU is looking at new territories. Like the Big Ten. The Sooners play Ohio State […]

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners reach a compromise on uniforms

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 1, 2014

    COMMENTARY — While not ditching the classic look, OU tries to keep up with the times by introducing its set of alternate uniforms.




Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 04:05:47 PM CST Big 12 football: Baylor goes from hunter to hunted LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 09:41:00 AM CST College Football Playoff: This exercise will help you understand LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:07:10 PM CST Mack Brown and his downhome charm was missed at Big 12 Media Days LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 06:02:51 PM CST Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 10:42:42 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 08:48:50 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Van Malone challenges his cornerbacks LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:55:18 PM CST Why Cavs shouldn't trade for Kevin Love LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 12:55:25 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 23 2014 09:45:51 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Pickups, RC Cola & mascots LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 07:17:30 PM CST Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is taking a big chance on Dorial Green-Beckham LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 06:41:51 PM CST Big 12 football notebook: TCU defensive end Devonte Fields suspended LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:53:04 AM CST Big 12 football: Speed of game always a concern LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 09:37:31 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Egads, a new Mountaineer LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:41:18 AM CST Big 12 football: Coaches respond to Bob Bowlsby's 'cheating pays' LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 08:29:35 PM CST Big 12 football: Bob Bowlsby gets serious with 'cheating pays' pronouncement LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 07:51:12 PM CST Big 12 Football: Baylor content to stay with soft non-conference schedule LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 12:32:48 PM CST Big 12 football: No change in Baylor schedule LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 21 2014 09:21:34 AM CST Dallas travelblog: Mary Kay convention & the Omni hotel LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers make their Big 12 picks LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 20 2014 10:52:32 PM CST Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers' preseason Big 12 player of the year selections LINK