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.

  • David Thorpe says Billy Donovan is going to be a lot like Scott Brooks

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 1, 2015

    Lots of opinions about the Thunder hire of Billy Donovan. But my favorite NBA analyst is David Thorpe, a former coach who now works with players individually — he’s worked with Serge Ibaka — and is a regular contributor to truehoop blog. Thorpe talked about Donovan in an interview with Henry Abott, which you can […]

  • 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 […]

  • Is hiring Billy Donovan a risk? Aside from Gregg Popovich, Mike Krzyzewski, who isn't?

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    If it seems like a risk, if it seems shaky to hire a guy who has spent more time on Wall Street than in the NBA, if it seems like the Thunder needs a surer thing considering a championship would be awfully convenient in about 14 months, think of it this way. Who’s not a risk?

  • What does Sam Presti really mean when he talks about Billy Donovan?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    The Thunder has a coach. Billy Donovan is the man, unless he backs out and goes back to the University of Florida, like he did eight years ago, five days after taking the Orlando Magic job. I assume that won’t happen again. I assume Donovan and Sam Presti have had that talk. The Donovan press […]

  • 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.

  • Berry Tramel: Thunder GM Sam Presti is searching for the next Brad Stevens

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    OKC is looking for a coach who is bright. A coach who can communicate with professional ballplayers. A coach who understands the culture of the sweaty gym but also embraces the 21st-century analytics and technology.

  • John Wooden rejected NBA; Will Krzyzewski?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Apr 28, 2015

    Mike Krzyzewski’s name is being volleyed around for the Thunder job. Jenni Carlson wrote about Coach K for the Tuesday Oklahoman, which you can read here, and I put Krzyzewski in my 16-coach bracket last Friday. Even gave him a first-round victory over Fred Hoiberg before losing to Kevin Ollie in the quarterfinals. I have […]

  • Emails in on Scotty Brooks' firing

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    The emails are in on Scotty Brooks, and most fans are displeased. Some fans a little more than displeased. Here is what they had to say. Bill: “After reading your excellent Sunday piece, it confirmed what I said the other day. Presti has a timetable and it didn’t include Brooks. Brooks was not in Presti’s future. Who […]

  • OKC Thunder: Sam Presti thinks another coach would be a better fit for Thunder

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    Berry Tramel: Sam Presti thought Scott Brooks was a good coach. But Presti believes he can find a better coach. At least for this Thunder roster at this point in time.

  • Thunder coaching bracket: The winner is, Kevin Ollie

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

      The Thunder coaching bracket has reached the Finals. Tom Thibodeau vs. Kevin Ollie. An established NBA coach, one of the league’s best, against an NCAA champion coach. A proven NBA winner against a man who fits all the requirements of the Thunder Way. A coach who would immediately send shivers up the spines of […]

  • Thunder coaching bracket: Ollie vs. Thibodeau in the Finals

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The conference finals have arrived for our Thunder coaching bracket. Who will Sam Presti select to lead the Thunder? Who wants the job? Those are the questions we’re trying to answer. TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE Tom Thibodeau vs. Mike Malone: Sam Presti keeps saying he’s not making a decision based just on next season, he’s making a […]

  • Thunder coaching bracket: Down to the final four

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    On to the conference semifinals of our Thunder coaching search bracket. We started out with 16 candidates. But the conference semifinals get us down to four candidates, and the matchups are really interesting from here on out. TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE Tom Thibodeau vs. Alvin Gentry: Gentry is a solid coach who would do well. But is […]

  • Thunder coaching bracket: Coach K & Adrian Griffin produce upsets

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The results are in for our first-round matchups in the Thunder Coaching Search bracket. And we have a few upset. Seventh-seeded Adrian Griffin over second-seeded Mark Jackson. Sixth-seeded Mike Krzyzewski over third-seeded Fred Hoiberg. Here’s how we see the pairings: TRADITIONAL CONFERENCE Tom Thibodeau vs. Rick Carlisle: Two of the NBA’s best coaches. Thibodeau, 57, […]

  • Thunder Coaching Search Bracket

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    The Thunder is searching for a coach, right in the middle of the NBA playoffs. A coaching search. The playoffs. Two fascinating enterprises. In the grand tradition of Reese’s Peanut Butter cups, let’s put them together. The Oklahoman has listed 16 candidates for the job and seeded them into two conferences. Traditional (NBA) and non-traditional […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Some wanted Scott Brooks fired. Others consider it an outrage.

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Some in the pro-Brooks crowd took it personal. Who knew that some looked upon Brooks as they look upon the players? Who knew that a big chunk of Oklahomans consider Brooks to be like their son, and that to fire him, on 89er Day, no less, was more than unjustified, it was an outrage.

  • Scott Brooks: Good timing early, bad timing late

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Scotty Brooks became the Thunder head coach in November 2008 because he was in the right place at the right time. Brooks was an assistant coach, an impressive assistant coach, of a young team that had promising talent but wasn’t winning and was playing for a coach who alienated the players. So when the Thunder […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: With Scott Brooks' firing, Sam Presti chooses change for the sake of progress

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Seems like a risk, changing coaches with only one year left on Durant’s contract and all the chaos that will swirl around Thunderland next season. But Presti says it’s the opposite. The risk is in status quo.

  • A stepfather and the Thunder honor the life of C.J. Davis

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    On the walls of C.J. Davis’ bedroom are some basketball posters. Of Kevin Durant. Of Dwyane Wade. Of Davis himself, playing for John Marshall High School. I read about Davis on Saturday, the day after he was killed in a car crash after school. I read more about Davis on Sunday, when his stepfather, Paul […]

  • Scott Brooks' tenure among the longest in NBA history

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    The Thunder fired Scott Brooks on Wednesday after seven incredibly fruitful years. A championship was the only thing missing on Brooks’ resume’. Some will say Brooks got a raw deal, and others at least will say Brooks wasn’t treated fairly. But they don’t do it for fair. And by it, I mean professional sports. In […]

  • Thunder darkhorse candidate? Mike Malone

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    There are about 35 basketball people on Earth unavailable to replace Scotty Brooks. Literally everyone else would take the Thunder job. That’s how good is this opportunity. Kevin Durant for at least one year. Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka for at least two. Maybe more on all three. Lots of young talent. A rabid fan […]

Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 31 2015 09:14:57 PM CST OU football notebook: How freshman Austin Seibert won the Sooners' kicking and punting job
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 31 2015 04:51:35 PM CST The real reason Illinois fired Tim Beckman
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 31 2015 01:14:06 PM CST How Terry Bowden lost his big chance at Owen Field
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 31 2015 10:42:12 AM CST Chicago travelblog: Following the trail of Eliot Ness
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 30 2015 12:06:27 PM CST OSU offensive linemen rally around new coach
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 28 2015 09:16:13 PM CST OU's Orlando Brown recovering from the loss of his father
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 28 2015 01:19:46 PM CST A special night celebrating Oklahoma basketball
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 28 2015 10:50:47 AM CST Tramel: Fine college football players? When will we start fining coaches?
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 28 2015 08:16:43 AM CST Orlando Brown talks about his father
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 27 2015 10:21:21 PM CST Fine college football players? When will we start fining coaches?
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 27 2015 06:34:08 PM CST OSU football notebook: Kevin Peterson declares himself ready for opener
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 27 2015 02:47:59 PM CST Mike Gundy raves about Emmanuel Ogbah
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 27 2015 07:12:33 AM CST Thunder's Nick Collison ranks fifth on NBA list
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 26 2015 03:18:28 PM CST Tramel: Frank Shannon holds Bob Stoops' career in his hands
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 26 2015 02:15:15 PM CST Frank Shannon holds Bob Stoops' career in his hands
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 26 2015 09:29:02 AM CST Central Michigan's program has dipped in recent years
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 25 2015 11:32:52 PM CST Use of OU tailbacks most interesting decision for Lincoln Riley
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 25 2015 08:51:11 PM CST Will the Sooners run enough in Lincoln Riley's Air Raid?
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 25 2015 01:16:42 PM CST Trevor Knight & J.W. Walsh give Bedlam rivals great QB depth
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 25 2015 09:31:04 AM CST Cris Carter's advice a symptom of NFL arrogance and Roger Goodell incompetence