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.


  • 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.

  • College football: Big 12's non-conference schedule is embarrassing

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Only the SEC schedules as poorly as does the Big 12, and the SEC has all the hype and the track record of recent national championships to tout. The Big 12 has neither.

  • Basketball: Globetrotters and Langston legend Marques Haynes dies at age 89

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Touted as “The World’s Greatest Dribbler” by his employer, the Harlem Globetrotters, Haynes never played in the NBA, instead choosing to stay with the Globetrotters — or being forced to stay, depending on when Haynes told the story — in the 1950s.

  • Will Miami U. finally get a football stadium?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    The University of Miami long has needed a football stadium. The Hurricanes played in the ancient Orange Bowl when they rose to college football prominence in the 1980s, then moved to the Dolphins’ stadium in Miami Gardens in 2008. Neither is a good alternative. The Orange Bowl was decaying and in a bad part of […]

  • ACC football trying to make up ground on SEC

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Atlantic Coast Conference football is trying. Give the ACC credit. The ACC is the little brother to the SEC, not just on the college football landscape, but in the southern part of the country, where those leagues share real estate in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Kentucky. The SEC has more good teams than does […]

  • Should Syracuse unretire jersey No. 44?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Syracuse University is playing politics with its hallowed No. 44 again, and it leaves iconic Orange quarterback Donovan McNabb angry and me acknowledging OU’s wisdom in not retiring any numbers. In 2005, Syracuse retired No. 44, in honor of the trio of great tailbacks who donned No. 44 — Jim Brown, Ernie Davis and Floyd […]

  • 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.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Dion Waiters came to town with a reputation for, among other things, jacking shots and dogging it on defense. After 47 games in a Thunder uniform, we learned that some of that criticism was warranted and some of it missed the mark. Here’s what we saw from Waiters this season and where we see him going forward.

  • Can Andre Roberson become the next DeMarre Carroll?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    DeMarre Carroll has become a focal point of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Hawks’ defensive star suffered an apparent serious knee injury in Game 1 against Cleveland, and without Carroll, Atlanta would seem to have little chance against the Cavaliers. Who knew that DeMarre Carroll would ever be Atlanta’s most indispensable player? Of course, with […]

  • Give the Big Ten credit for its football scheduling

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Big Ten football schedules aren’t perfect. But give the Big Ten credit. The haughty conference is trying to create entertaining inventory. Of 14 schools, only half are playing a I-AA opponent in 2015. And most Big Ten schools are at least trying to play at least two decent foes. Now, that doesn’t mean a murderer’s […]

  • Remember when Pac-12 football scheduling was different?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Remember when Pac-12 football schedules looked different from the rest of the nation? When most Pac-12 teams had just three non-conference games each and played at least two legitimate opponents? Those days are gone. The Pac-12 in 2015 is continuing its recent trend of scheduling like the rest of America. Most teams are playing one […]

  • New NFL extra-point rule won't bring much change

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    The NFL is trying to bring drama back to the extra point. It needs to try harder. NFL owners voted 30-2 Tuesday to move the snap for extra-point kicks back to the 15-yard line, while keeping 2-point conversions at the 2-yard line. But coaches are going to need more incentive to gamble. What amounts to […]

  • 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.

  • Shaun Livingston's success a feel-good story

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Shaun Livingston played 18 games with the Thunder. Eight at the end of the Thunder’s inaugural season, 10 at the start of the next season. When the Thunder traded for Eric Maynor in December 2009, Livingston was waived. It was nothing personal. Everyone — literally, everyone — was pulling for Livingston. One of the worst […]

  • OKC Thunder: Consider No. 14 a consolation prize from the Harden trade

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The hidden benefit of the trade was a solid roster and payroll flexibility

  • Former OU teammate: Eddie Foster's middle name was Concussion

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Eddie Foster died last week, much too young at age 64. The 1973 all-American offensive tackle for OU was a prince of a man. Anyone who met Foster in the last 40 years would agree. Great personality, kind-hearted, great family, no ego. Almost made you forget that Foster once was a football player, and a […]

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Discussing Anthony Morrow's present and future impact in OKC

    From staff reports | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Three writers tackle three questions. Today’s subject: Anthony Morrow.

  • The Johnny Bench mystery is solved

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Well, the Johnny Bench mystery is solved. As I blogged yesterday, there seemed to be some confusion about Johnny Bench’s hometown. Not from me. Not from anyone in Oklahoma. But from baseball researchers over literally decades. You can read that blog here. The bible of baseball research, baseball-reference.com, long has listed Bench as being from […]

  • South Carolina has the SEC's best non-conference schedule

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 19, 2015

    The SEC has football scheduling down to a science. Four non-conference games. One against a major-conference opponent, not necessarily a heavyweight, and three games against lower competition, in most cases a I-AA opponent. Of the 14 SEC schools, nine adhere to the model. Some of the holdouts miss on the side of tougher schedule, some […]

  • New faces found in NBA conference finals

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 18, 2015

    The newfound parity that bubbled to the surface in the first round of the NBA playoffs has continued to make an impact. The conference finals — Cleveland-Atlanta in the East, Golden State-Houston in the West — show that things appear to be changing. Here is the playoff history of selected achievements for the four remaining […]




Berry Tramel Sat, May. 23 2015 06:06:48 PM CST College football: Why Virginia has the best schedule in the nation and North Carolina State the worst LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, May. 23 2015 05:28:57 PM CST College football: Big 12's non-conference schedule is embarrassing LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 22 2015 06:58:12 PM CST Basketball: Globetrotters and Langston legend Marques Haynes dies at age 89 LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 22 2015 04:21:00 PM CST Will Miami U. finally get a football stadium? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, May. 22 2015 09:54:27 AM CST ACC football trying to make up ground on SEC LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 21 2015 10:10:26 PM CST Should Syracuse unretire jersey No. 44? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 21 2015 07:46:06 PM CST Former OU All-American offensive tackle Eddie Foster was the rarest of football heroes LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 21 2015 07:05:43 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Discussing Dion Waiters LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 21 2015 12:40:56 PM CST Can Andre Roberson become the next DeMarre Carroll? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, May. 21 2015 09:09:16 AM CST Give the Big Ten credit for its football scheduling LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 20 2015 06:18:56 PM CST New NFL extra-point rule won't bring much change LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 20 2015 05:18:58 PM CST OU football: Were Keith Ford and other recent departures addition by subtraction or a troubling trend? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 20 2015 01:03:52 PM CST Shaun Livingston's success a feel-good story LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 20 2015 10:28:55 AM CST I'm not chatting today at H&H -- I'll be there Friday this week. But John Helsley is taking my place, so join him at LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, May. 20 2015 10:04:54 AM CST Remember when Pac-12 football scheduling was different? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 19 2015 11:12:19 PM CST OKC Thunder: Consider No. 14 a consolation prize from the Harden trade LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 19 2015 09:56:40 PM CST Former OU teammate: Eddie Foster's middle name was Concussion LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 19 2015 06:43:43 PM CST OKC Thunder roundtable: Discussing Anthony Morrow's present and future impact in OKC LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 19 2015 01:50:05 PM CST The Johnny Bench mystery is solved LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, May. 19 2015 09:23:23 AM CST South Carolina has the SEC's best non-conference schedule LINK

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