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.


  • Tramel: Adrian Peterson looks bad but isn't all wrong

    Berry Tramel | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Adrian Peterson has reported to the Minnesota Vikings, and he did what most NFL players do. Backed down. Peterson talked tough in the winter, when he said the Vikings had not supported him during his legal troubles last September, when he was charged with injuring his child, and that his family was not crazy about staying in […]

  • Can you believe it? Sherri Coale is 50 years old

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Toby Rowland, OU’s radio voice, has a tradition at Sooner Caravan stops. When athletes are part of the program, usually in Dallas and Tulsa, Rowland has a standard question. Tell us an embarrassing story about your coach. The answers often are funny, though not necessarily insightful. Usually something about their awful dance moves in locker […]

  • Sooner football giving a different vibe compared to this time last year

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 28, 2015

    Last summer, expectations soared after an 11-2 season and a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama. This summer, expectations sag, after an 8-5 season and two 34-point defeats.

  • Tramel: Why Gregg Popovich is a basketball coach, not a pilot

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 28, 2015

    I received an email this week from Wayne Baughman, the wrestling icon who was inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2013. Baughman went to John Marshall High School, then was an NCAA individual champion at OU and a member of two NCAA title teams for the Sooners. Baughman is the only wrestler […]

  • College football: Why Virginia has the best schedule in the nation and North Carolina State the worst

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Only one Big 12 team cracks Berry Tramel’s top 25 college football schedules.

  • Former OU All-American offensive tackle Eddie Foster was the rarest of football heroes

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Foster was known more for his family — five high-achieving, high-character kids — and his Christian walk and his love of people than for gridiron greatness.

  • OU football: Were Keith Ford and other recent departures addition by subtraction or a troubling trend?

    From The Oklahoman Staff | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    PRESS ROW -- The Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson weigh in on recent OU player departures, the Thunder's NBA Draft position, Russell Westbrook's NBA Lottery outfit, favorite rainy day activities and the Big 12 baseball tournament's move to Tulsa.

  • Can Keith Ford still make the NFL?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 14, 2015

    OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. for some NBA playoffs, Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys talk. Get your questions in here and Berry will jump on live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Mother's Day columns from Berry Tramel

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, May 9, 2015

    A collection of Mother's Day columns from The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel, focusing on the mothers of Oklahoma sports figures.

  • Big 12 brain trust a collective disaster when it comes to making decisions

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    COMMENTARY - Big 12 decision-makers are sort of like Congress. You don’t know what they’ll do, you just know that whatever they do will be wrong.

  • College football: Beware the path of boxing

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    I wrote about the Big 12’s leadership problem for the Friday Oklahoman. But there’s a fundamental problem within college football (and basketball, to a lesser degree) that ties in with a certain event that infatuated some of America last weekend. It’s a fundamental lesson that college football needs to heed. Don’t be like boxing. Let’s […]

  • Big 12 invites its football teams to beat each other's brains out

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The Big 12 long ago followed its “One True Champion” marketing campaign off a cliff. But now the conference seems determined to drag itself back up the mountain so it can plummet again. The Big 12 on Wednesday voted in tiebreaking procedures to declare a football champion, in the case of a tie. Some within […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. live from H&H Shooting Sports, where he'll answer your questions on the Thunder's staff changes, OU and OSU sports, the NBA playoffs and more.

  • Former OU fullback, Lawton MacArthur coach Ronnie Hartline dies at 76

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    LAWTON — Ronnie Hartline, Lawton MacArthur’s football coach the first 24 years of the school’s existence, died Monday, his 76th birthday. Hartline, a fullback at OU for Bud Wilkinson from 1958-60, was the 1956 state player of the year for Lawton High School. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cameron Baptist Church in Lawton. Hartline, born in Fort Sill, was a two-year starter for OU and a 1960 co-captain. He was one of the Sooners who famously suffered from food poisoning at Chicago’s Chez Paree club, the night before the 1959 Northwestern game. Hartline led OU in rushing with 692 yards in 1960. Hartline was the Detroit Lions’ fourth-round pick, the 51st player taken overall, in the 1961 NFL

  • Similarities abound between Billy Donovan and Barry Switzer

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Billy Donovan and Bob Stoops go way back. Both arrived at the University of Florida in 1996, Donovan as head basketball coach, Stoops as Steve Spurrier’s defensive coordinator. Stoops stayed three years at Florida before becoming OU’s head coach and restoring Sooner glory. Donovan stayed 19 years at Florida before becoming the Thunder’s head coach […]

  • 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.

  • Sooner defensive backs needed to hear a new voice

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The truth is, these are heady days for OU defensive backs. They still have access to Mike Stoops’ knowledge. But no longer are they in the line of fire. No longer are they boot camp recruits being grilled by a drill sergeant.

  • 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 […]




Berry Tramel Today at 12:54 PM Tramel: Adrian Peterson looks bad but isn't all wrong LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 7:29 AM Hoiberg's departure will harm Big 12 basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 01 2015 04:57:14 PM CST Get ready, OU fans, for more 11 a.m. kickoffs LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 01 2015 03:31:54 PM CST Who is the greatest Donovan in American sport? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jun. 01 2015 11:14:58 AM CST LeBron vs. Curry: How to determine the real MVP LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 31 2015 10:03:54 PM CST History says Billy Donovan can lead the Thunder to the NBA Finals in his first season LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 31 2015 06:43:06 PM CST Changing coaches does pay off. That's why their chair comes with an ejection seat. LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, May. 31 2015 06:05:37 PM CST Tramel: Scarred Texas fan looking forward to bright future LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 30 2015 07:26:31 PM CST Berry Tramel: Scarred Texas fan looking forward to bright future LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 29 2015 06:39:28 PM CST The Thunder let down Scott Brooks easy — the Bulls danced on Tom Thibodeau's grave LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 29 2015 01:55:36 PM CST James Harden played one of the worst games in NBA history LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 29 2015 09:21:51 AM CST Can you believe it? Sherri Coale is 50 years old LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 28 2015 10:27:39 PM CST Sooner football giving a different vibe compared to this time last year LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 28 2015 04:19:31 PM CST How a Sooner sparked Warriors' most recent championship LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 28 2015 09:52:08 AM CST Tramel: Why Greg Popovich is a basketball coach, not a pilot LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 08:14:22 PM CST Women's College World Series notebook: Familiar foes reunite at Series LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 08:14:21 PM CST Football has everything to do with the success of SEC softball LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 06:14:41 PM CST Women's College World Series: Eight things to know about LSU LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 04:20:02 PM CST Alabama coach has driven down Billy Donovan Boulevard LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 27 2015 01:53:31 PM CST You won't believe who is complaining about college football's lack of a level playing field LINK

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