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.


  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why history doesn't seem to be on Scott Brooks' side

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The case for Scott Brooks to remain with OKC is stout. But something equally daunting works against Brooks. History. NBA history.

  • Player development a Scott Brooks strength

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Scotty Brooks’ fate continues to twist in the wind. Will he return as the Thunder coach? I assume we’ll know by Friday, when Sam Presti speaks for the first time since the season ended. But before we get too deep into Brooks speculation, let’s clear up a couple of misnomers about Brooks’ coaching. The first […]




Berry Tramel Today at 10:05 AM Is Notre Dame gaming the system with no 13th game? http://t.co/jdpjXY9GwN
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 29 2015 08:49:57 AM CST Why Nebraska never will leave the Big Ten http://t.co/JBCpyyyYd3
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 28 2015 09:45:09 AM CST Would two five-team divisions work in the Big 12? http://t.co/Rxu9kcKmtb
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 27 2015 10:36:04 AM CST Northwest Oklahoma travelblog: How I made it to Longdale http://t.co/reYF208oqg
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 26 2015 06:48:41 PM CST With Henry Iba's help, Jumpin' Jack McCracken became a giant in the game http://t.co/UzzeRhi0EN
Berry Tramel Sat, Jul. 25 2015 05:16:45 PM CST Tramel: Diminished Big 12 scrambles to regain its status http://t.co/b6ddAlQGzh
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 24 2015 09:25:07 PM CST Could Kendrick Perkins be an NBA assistant coach? http://t.co/yGEjjijoCc
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 24 2015 06:43:39 PM CST Will Tyrone Swoopes keep the quarterback job at Texas? http://t.co/NDjDZKSCB7
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 24 2015 12:34:31 PM CST SoonerVision and all video boards make life better for the fans http://t.co/CZVMg6PPjP
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 23 2015 08:13:08 PM CST An L.A. story that shows the Thunder's culture survived the storm http://t.co/0OlucztggW
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 23 2015 12:36:32 PM CST Bad luck part of Big 12 playoff omission http://t.co/5HuTrXmzLS
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 23 2015 10:26:52 AM CST Retaining divisional scheduling will help the Thunder http://t.co/DBpAIwnwlq
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 22 2015 04:35:41 PM CST Dallas travelblog: Surviving the Arbuckles http://t.co/rdOUXHnn0g
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 22 2015 02:46:38 PM CST Is Ty Lawson trade good for the Rockets? http://t.co/tjzg98ooe6
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 22 2015 10:37:12 AM CST Baylor remains a holdout on a quality football schedule http://t.co/VNqSJJ5Qq8
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 21 2015 06:49:31 PM CST OU football: Knight talks to Clemson cheerleader http://t.co/9NQjWNPpOr
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 21 2015 06:49:30 PM CST Why did Bob Stoops ever leave his first love? http://t.co/bs8KosWigk
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 21 2015 02:52:22 PM CST Is Central Michigan a landmine for OSU? http://t.co/TR792CHjde
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 21 2015 01:54:24 PM CST Does cold weather impede Iowa State football? http://t.co/fTWsemTHQD
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 21 2015 01:32:38 PM CST OSU football: Cowboys coach Mike Gundy explains why he named Mason Rudolph starting QB http://t.co/2OXEtZJWww

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