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.


  • 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Yesterday

    “Foxcatcher,” the movie about the relationship between the Schultz brothers, OU wrestling icons who won Olympic gold medals, and John du Pont, the eccentric billionaire, has come to Oklahoma. And it’s a gut punch to anyone who knew the Schultzes or knows of their tragedy.

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters as a Thunder starter and DeflateGate

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 21, 2015

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

  • Who should Jerry Jones keep, DeMarco or Dez? The choice here is Dez

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 20, 2015

    The Cowboys are up against it with the salary cap, Dez and DeMarco both are free agents, and the numbers just don’t add up to keep both playmakers that ignited the Cowboys’ 12-4 season.

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: Reggie Jackson rumblings, Oklahoma State's bright football future, and Berry's OU Mount Rushmore

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 14, 2015

    Berry Tramel answered questions on everything from Sooners coaches to Thunder trades on the Power Lunch chat live from H&H Shooting Sports on Wednesday.

  • College Football Playoff: Ohio State wins National Title in convincing fashion, 42-20

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    Buckeyes’ toughness was the key to victory

  • Oklahoma football: Lincoln Riley provides a much-needed offensive identity

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 12, 2015

    OU has a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, and that’s not necessarily the good news. The good news is that the Sooners, in theory, soon will have a new offensive identity. Or an offensive identity at all. Riley has been hired to replace Josh Heupel, ceremoniously fired by Bob Stoops last week. Heupel’s crime […]

  • Ducks have a history of winning with 'no name' coaches

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 11, 2015

    Oregon is Old School in one important way. The Ducks don’t go chasing the flavor of the month when they have a coaching opening.

  • Brian Bosworth's wait is over: He's Hall of Fame bound

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jan 9, 2015

    Barry Switzer and Brian Bosworth were in California together in 2001. They took a trip up to Oxnard to visit Dallas Cowboys training camp. They stopped for lunch at Big Sur, with a gorgeous view overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Switzer’s cell phone rang. It was Keith Jackson, Switzer’s great tight end from the 1980s and […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Jan 7, 2015

    OSU and OU turned heads in Big 12 basketball? The Thunder made a big trade? Who will run the Sooners' offense in 2015? Berry Tramel is answering your questions live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get them in right here.

  • OU football: Dorial Green-Beckham entering the NFL Draft

    By Jason Kersey, Berry Tramel and Jenni Carlson | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    OU NOTEBOOK — Bob Stoops expresses no disappointment at the five-star receiver’s departure from Norman without ever playing a down, saying “I went in with eyes wide open.”

  • Oklahoma football: Sooner Nation soon will be excited again

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Oklahoma football has been in a state of increasing gloom and despair the last two months. The loss to Kansas State in October removed the Sooners from national championship contention. The loss to Baylor in November revealed glacier-sized warts on a team once was seen as elite. The loss to OSU in December showed a […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops says he has no academic impediments

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    Former OU halfback Spencer Tillman talked cryptically the other day about the challenges Bob Stoops faces in returning the Sooners to championship contention. Tillman told our man Jason Kersey that Stoops’ biggest problems are “political” and are related to academic standards. You can read that story from the Monday Oklahoman here. Tillman refused to elaborate, other […]

  • Oklahoma football: Josh Heupel the sacrificial lamb

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jan 6, 2015

    The mantra is the same most places. Don’t make a first down, trail at halftime, lose a game, doesn’t matter. “Fire the offensive coordinator.” It’s the fallback position of most fans. And now it’s the fallback position of Bob Stoops. Josh Heupel has been fired as offensive coordinator at OU, which he quarterbacked to the […]

  • How college football's coaching legends rebounded from multi-year slumps

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    Most iconic college football coaches have rallied from multi-year slumps. Some have not. Here’s a look at coaching legends of the last 60 years who produced great success, then went through difficult times.

  • Can Bob Stoops turn it around? History is on his side.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The question is answerable only by letting him try. Which is the plan, until economic forces dictate different or OU decision-makers lose faith.

  • Big 12 football: OSU's Cactus Bowl victory helps a little

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jan 5, 2015

    The major bowl standings are in, and OSU’s 30-22 Cactus Bowl victory over Washington let the Big 12 skate by from a couple of dubious distinctions. The victory was the Big 12’s second in seven bowl games. An OSU loss would have left the Big 12 with a 1-6 post-season record — One True Bowl […]

  • Oklahoma football: Fans' infatuation with Bob Stoops' salary is just a frustration release

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jan 4, 2015

    College football remains in the resentment stage. Pay Bob Stoops $4.75 million a year, and people expect results. Which they should. OU isn’t paying Stoops that kind of money to go 8-5 and tie for fourth in the Big 12.

  • Oklahoma football: Why what Bob Stoops needs most is a new message

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Sat, Jan 3, 2015

    OU fans are put off by the Sooners’ 8-5 record in a season in which they were considered bona fide contenders for the College Football Playoff. OU fans are put off even more by Stoops’ response to criticism.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 31, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel jumps on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. to discuss the OU bowl fallout, Oklahoma State's chances against Washington, the Thunder's climb back above .500 and more. Get your questions in here.

  • Oklahoma football: Sooners' biggest need is a quarterback who can deliver

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    For all the talk about what ails the Sooners, who fell to 8-5 with their second 34-point defeat of the season, the simple fact is, OU is spinning its wheels until it gets a quarterback who can pass. Consistently. Game after game. Strong arm. Good decisions. Strong arm. Good decisions.




Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 24 2015 05:16:07 PM CST 'Foxcatcher' closely mirrors Schultz family's story — and is a punch in the gut to viewers LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 22 2015 07:25:02 PM CST A hockey dream that began in an OKC driveway comes true LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 21 2015 02:57:41 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Russell Westbrook, Dion Waiters as a Thunder starter and DeflateGate LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 21 2015 10:34:19 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jan. 20 2015 07:04:06 PM CST Who should Jerry Jones keep, DeMarco or Dez? The choice here is Dez. LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jan. 19 2015 10:25:05 AM CST Tramel: I'm not the only one Russell Westbrook doesn't like LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jan. 18 2015 05:19:34 PM CST Lance Stephenson should be the player the Thunder wants, not Brook Lopez LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 17 2015 06:39:48 PM CST Why former Oklahoma State, NFL player Terry Brown still loves and lives in his hometown of Marlow LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Jan. 17 2015 12:54:33 AM CST Thunder goes all-in on offense, which might be a start to turning around the season LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 04:19:44 PM CST NFL predictions: Pete Carroll proving the third time's a charm LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 02:57:10 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Is Mason Rudolph channeling Josh Fields? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jan. 16 2015 09:15:09 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: What exactly does Brook Lopez fix? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 09:22:40 PM CST Willie Mays endorses Bill Greason for Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 08:00:32 PM CST NFL Draft declarations: Why can't we make it easy for the athletes? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jan. 15 2015 01:51:00 PM CST LeBron James: Is this Cavalier mess anything like Miami's troubles of four years ago? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 09:40:40 PM CST Big 12 basketball: Cowboys playing better than Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 05:34:01 PM CST College Football Playoff: A report card for Year 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 12:45:53 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: Reggie Jackson rumblings, Oklahoma State's bright football future, and Berry's OU Mou... LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jan. 14 2015 09:44:19 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jan. 13 2015 07:46:07 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: What's a realistic move we could see OKC make before the trade deadline? LINK

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