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.


  • 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.

  • Lon Kruger says college basketball has taken a step back

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Michigan State basketball has a rough-and-tumble reputation that is well-deserved. But the Spartans also like to play fast. That makes the OU-Michigan State game Friday night in the Sweet 16 quite interesting. Spartan coach Tom Izzo said OU wants to run and “so do we. So it should be more of a track meet. We […]

  • Syracuse travelblog: A trip to Cooperstown

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Upstate New York is a beautiful part of the country. Mountains. Lots of waters. Lots of quaint villages. Now, upstate New York in March is no fun. The snow can be gorgeous for about 15 minutes, but I’m already tired of it, after about 30 hours in Syracuse. I’m sure the locals, after a long, […]

  • Tramel: Thunder has struggled against good teams

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    The Thunder lost to the Spurs 130-91 Wednesday night. The score is surprising and more than a little embarrassing. The result is not the least bit surprising. The Thunder is 41-31 this season. Of those 72 games, 37 have come against good teams. The NBA is easily separated between good teams and not-good teams. There […]

  • 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: More on Khadeem Lattin

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about OU freshman Khadeem Lattin. You can read that column here. Lattin’s mother, Monica Lamb, starred at Southern Cal and played on Houston Comet WNBA title teams. Lattin’s grandfather, David Lattin, was one of the five historic black starters on Texas Western’s 1966 NCAA title team. I wrote about […]

  • 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 City Thunder: Balanced scoring has arrived

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    In 2012, the Thunder made the NBA Finals. And the Thunder was a top-heavy offensive team. Historically top-heavy. Three players averaged double figure scoring. Kevin Durant 28.0, Russell Westbrook 23.6 and James Harden 16.8. No other Thunder was close. Serge Ibaka was fourth on the team in scoring at 9.1. Kendrick Perkins was fifth at […]

  • 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 […]

  • Columbus travelblog: Roast beef at the Tip Top

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    Sunday was not an eventful day in our Columbus trip. Other than the event, of course. Excellent win for the Sooners, to beat Dayton and reach the Sweet 16. With a 6:10 p.m. Eastern tipoff, we had a good chunk of the day, but by Sunday of a basketball tournament, I’m usually wasted. I don’t […]

  • 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.

  • Columbus travelblog: A visit to the Jack Nicklaus Museum

    Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Quick. Think about who’s the greatest athlete in OU history. Lee Roy Selmon? Bart Conner? Blake Griffin, I suppose, can make a charge with another decade of all-NBA caliber play. How about OSU? A couple of great candidates. Barry Sanders. John Smith. When you’re in the conversation for greatest ever in your own sport or […]




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
Berry Tramel Thu, Mar. 26 2015 12:22:21 AM CST Thunder has struggled against good teams LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:47:45 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Is the N word acceptable? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 08:11:21 PM CST Bob Stoops and Tom Izzo have gone down similar career paths until recently LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 11:06:11 AM CST Cleveland travelblog: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is here to stay LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Mar. 25 2015 12:01:53 AM CST Oklahoma basketball: More on Khadeem Lattin LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 06:33:52 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: After SAE video, former Texas Western player David Lattin had some advice for grandson Kh... LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 24 2015 09:23:55 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Wrong museum in Canton LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 07:05:16 PM CST Oklahoma men's basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 05:55:16 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooner defense underrated LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 01:32:02 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Sooners flying Big 12 banner LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 23 2015 08:57:05 AM CST Columbus travelblog: Roast beef at the Tip Top LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 10:27:47 PM CST Oklahoma basketball notebook: Upsets open up region for Sooners LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 10:27:46 PM CST Sooners use defense to get back in it and then win it against Dayton LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 09:45:56 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Report card vs. Dayton LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 22 2015 12:04:43 PM CST Columbus travelblog: A visit to the Jack Nicklaus Museum LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Mar. 21 2015 07:18:55 PM CST Oklahoma basketball: Why a trip to the Sweet 16 would help bring the sizzle back to Sooner basketball LINK

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