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.


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

    staff reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Is the N word acceptable?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    I wrote about Khadeem Lattin for the Wednesday Oklahoman, and I’ve heard a little feedback about Lattin and teammate Frank Booker’s use of the N word after the Sooners beat Dayton. They apparently called each other by a form of the word that drew national attention with its use on the Sigma Alpha Epsilon video. […]

  • 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.

  • Cleveland travelblog: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is here to stay

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    In the American North, you can see a lot in a day. Things are not so spread out. Drive from Oklahoma City to Denver, and it will take you 12 hours, and the high points are Wichita and Hays. Drive from San Antonio to El Paso, and it’ll take you eight hours, and while you’ll […]

  • 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.

  • Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    First, the bad news. It snowed on us Monday night. I guess that’s your first clue that we didn’t make it back to Oklahoma. We hear it’s 80 back home. I can promise you this. It wasn’t 80 in Cleveland. Wasn’t Hot in Cleveland, even if Valerie Bertinelli stars in a show by that name. […]

  • 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: Sooner defense underrated

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    OU didn’t play consistently suffocating defense in Lon Kruger’s first three seasons as coach. And these Sooners aren’t always known for their defense. But OU’s defensive numbers are very good, and both vanquished coaches in Columbus raved about the Sooner defense. “Oklahoma’s front line (mainly TaShawn Thomas and Ryan Spangler) did a great job staying […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners flying Big 12 banner

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    OU and West Virginia saved the Big 12. When sundown came Sunday night, no Big 12 team had reached the Sweet 16. But the Sooners beat Dayton, then West Virginia beat Maryland, and the conference’s reputation was salvaged to some degree. After the first week of the NCAA Tournament, the ACC and the Pac-12 clearly […]

  • 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.




Berry Tramel Today at 5:16 PM Berry Tramel chat recap: Travis Ford, Serge Ibaka's return and Kevin Durant's comments LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 11:28 AM Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 10:13 AM Final Four court configuration makes for bad basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 31 2015 05:24:13 PM CST NFL needs more two-point conversions LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 31 2015 01:00:54 PM CST NCAA coaches debate the shot clock LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 31 2015 09:24:50 AM CST Oklahoma State basketball: Buying out Travis Ford is completely irresponsible LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 11:52:40 PM CST Cubs looking out for the fans in sending down Kris Bryant LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 06:43:08 PM CST NCAA Tournament makes us forget that college basketball is a sport in trouble LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 01:26:05 PM CST Why is the NCAA women's tournament poorly attended? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 30 2015 10:54:43 AM CST Another curse of Kevin Durant's injury: Foul shooting LINK
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

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