Berry Tramel
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.

Top Stories


  • College football forecast: Gus Malzahn, Marshall on the rise, Will Muschamp, Michigan in decline

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Football 2014: The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel projects the national college football picture.

  • Oklahoma football predictions: Get ready for an Oklahoma-Florida State showdown

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Football 2014 — The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel forecasts the OU football season.

  • La Tech's Skip Holtz has seen the Sooners before

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Louisiana Tech comes to Norman for a Saturday night game at Owen Field, and the Bulldogs are coached by a familiar name. Skip Holtz. Yep, the son of Lou. And the people of Ruston, La., are no strangers to being coached by the son of a famous coach. Here are Louisiana Tech’s last four coaches: […]

  • College picks: No upset specials with OU & OSU

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    College football season has arrived. Opening Night excites me as much as any day on the sports calendar. It’s the way fans used to talk about baseball’s Opening Day, when it was historically in Cincinnati, before it became a Sunday night affair or before it was moved to Australia or the Alps or some such […]

  • Florida State football: Guess who were Seminole roommates?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    Florida State plays OSU on Saturday night with ESPN’s GameDay on the premises, which happen to be JerryWorld, and the Seminoles are most certainly the featured guest. FSU won the 2013 national championship and sport Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston. Florida State won national titles in 1993 and 1999, and played in national title games […]

  • Todd Lamb: Oklahoma's lieutenant governor a former Louisiana Tech receiver

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb was introduced at an event in Norman on Tuesday, and the assembled gathering was told that Lamb had spent two years on football scholarship at Louisiana Tech — OU’s opponent Saturday at Owen Field. Lamb quickly saved the mood by yelling, “Boomer Sooner!” But Lamb indeed was a La Tech Bulldog, […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Berry Tramel is talking college football and more live from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. If you have questions, get them in now.

  • College Football Playoff: A look at the sites where championships will be contested

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Things to know about the sites that will be included in the College Football Playoff. * College football’s championship game comes to the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Jan. 12. JerryWorld has brought the Super Bowl, the Final Four and the NBA All-Star Game to Dallas-Fort Worth. Now comes college football’s Big Bowl. The 2015 national champion will be determined Jan. 11 in Glendale, Ariz. The 2016 national champion will be determined Jan. 9 in Tampa, Fla. * In selecting the bowls to rotate among the semifinals, the conference commissioners went with the three most tradition-rich bowls — Rose, Sugar and Orange. It also retained the Fiesta Bowl, which had been a part of the BCS.

  • College Football Playoff: Following the money to a new system

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    WHY? — If fans want to believe their clamoring for a playoff produced one, they can. But here’s 470 million reasons why there’s a College Football Playoff.

  • College Football Playoff: Meet the chairman — Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, btramel@opubco.com | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    CFP — Jeff Long has traveled a long road to being named the chairman of the new College Football Playoff selection committee. It’s a road that took him through Norman, where he was Joe Castiglione’s chief lieutenant.

  • College Football Playoff Selection Committee: Games and dates that will shape the decision

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    KEY DATES — With 13 people set to decide who plays for the first College Football Playoff championship, The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel looks at the games and dates that will shape their decision.

  • College Football Playoff: How the selection committee will pick the 'Final Four'

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    THE PROCESS — Inside the selection process,which includes how and when committee members will vote, recuse themselves and be supplied “countless pieces” of statistical information on every team.

  • College Football Playoff: The background and biases of the men and woman who will decide

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    MEET THE COMMITTEE — A look at the 13 members of the College Football Playoff committee, their backgrounds and their qualifications.

  • Joe Mixon case: Former state legislator says DA did not follow the law

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    The opinions never seem to stop coming in the Joe Mixon case. The latest: former Oklahoma state legislator Mike Fair. Mixon, of course, is the OU tailback who was charged with a misdemeanor count of an act resulting in gross injury after an altercation with an OU coed. Most people know the general details. Fair emailed me […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys must keep their foot on the gas

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Oklahoma State opens the season on Saturday against preseason No. 1 Florida State. Sticking with the uptempo offense seems to be the best way for the Cowboys to spring an upset.

  • Barry Switzer & Pat Jones back for Coaches Cabana

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Barry Switzer and Pat Jones are back for their Coaches Cabana shows this college football season, and Switzer always is fired up about it. Switzer watches the OU game each week from his cabana behind his house and interacts with fans who also are watching. Jones watches the OSU game and five other schools have […]

  • OSU up, Michigan down in recent conference standings

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    For my Friday column, I wrote about OSU having arrived as a college football heavyweight, even in rebuilding seasons. You can read that column here. Part of my data was the conference record of each major school over the last six years. OSU ranks ninth in the nation in conference record during that span. Here […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Florida State is OSU's best opponent since when?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy quarterbacked against the likes of the 1986 and 1987 Sooners, and he was an assistant coach against the likes of the 1994 and 1995 Cornhuskers, and he was head coach against the likes of the 2008 and 2009 Longhorns, and he’s seen plenty of Andrew Luck and Stanford, and Eli Manning and Ole […]

  • Edmond Memorial classmates rally around J.R. Cunningham

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Matt McReynolds grew up in Edmond playing basketball with J.R. Cunningham. He was a teammate of Cunningham’s at Edmond Memorial on the 1993 Class 5A state championship team. They graduated together in 1994. And when McReynolds read my Saturday column about Cunningham, which you can read here, McReynolds was moved to do something. Cunningham’s health […]

  • College football predictions: Bowl projections for a postseason featuring new bowls and the playoff

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Aug 25, 2014

    Football 2014 — Want to get a jump on your holiday travel plans? The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel projects where your favorite college football team will spend the 2014-15 bowl season.




Berry Tramel Today at 1:11 PM Getting inside the college football committee's heads: Texas A&M No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 9:13 AM Hey, NFL, give us some Labor Day football LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Sep. 01 2014 04:51:29 PM CST Big 12 rankings: OSU, West Virginia move up LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Sep. 01 2014 10:31:06 AM CST Arlington road trip: Florida State fans impressive LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 06:56:51 PM CST Pro football bust possibilities: Sam Bradford and Wes Welker LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 01:06:39 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Be dejected about the night, euphoric about the future LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 01:06:39 AM CST Oklahoma State football: OSU-FSU by the numbers LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 31 2014 01:06:39 AM CST OSU football notebook: 'Trail of Tears' sign causes stir, apology LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Aug. 30 2014 11:48:28 PM CST OSU report card: Grades reflect Cowboys' inspired play vs. No. 1 Florida State LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 09:16:43 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Game vs. Florida State in JerryWorld exactly where these Cowboys should be LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 06:31:39 PM CST College football upset special: Miami over Louisville LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 06:31:38 PM CST College football Game of the Day: Clemson at Georgia LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 06:31:38 PM CST College football: Clemson at Georgia tops this week's slate of national games LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 01:18:24 PM CST Should the Browns have hired Kevin Sumlin instead of drafting Johnny Manziel? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 29 2014 09:25:11 AM CST Jimbo Fisher: Coach-in-waiting worked out, but it wasn't smooth LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 11:13:09 PM CST College Football Playoff: Why the playoff makes nonconference games more important LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 04:10:18 PM CST La Tech's Skip Holtz has seen the Sooners before LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:21:14 PM CST Oklahoma State football predictions: Why Kansas State is the Cowboys' biggest game. LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:21:14 PM CST College football predictions: Why Charlie Strong will pull off the Big 12 upset of the year LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 28 2014 02:21:13 PM CST College football forecast: Gus Malzahn, Marshall on the rise, Will Muschamp, Michigan in decline LINK