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.


  • Welcome to the playoffs, Golden State

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Both No. 1 seeds are in trouble and Monday night could go down 3-1 in conference semifinals. After a horrible first round, the second round of the NBA playoffs has gotten quite interesting: * Welcome to the playoffs, Golden State. The Warriors the previous two years have upset third-seeded Denver, lost to the stately Spurs […]

  • Berry Tramel: Seeking the bright side of a Thunder-less playoffs

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sun, May 10, 2015

    In virtually no time, we came to expect May basketball. Came to depend on it. Then injuries wrecked the Thunder season, the Pelicans beat the Spurs on the final night of the season and suddenly, the spring went dark and a couple of million Thunder fans had to figure out what to do with their time.

  • Thunder roundtable: What is the most important aspect of this offseason?

    COMPILED BY ANTHONY SLATER | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    Four questions for four writers, previewing the Thunder’s upcoming offseason.

  • Mother's Day: Oklahoma mom led a special quartet

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, May 9, 2015

    She was born Christmas Day 1941 and grew up in Ninnekah, south of Chickasha in Grady County, playing some basketball in the 6-on-6 days. But music was her first love.

  • Mother's Day columns from Berry Tramel

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Sat, May 9, 2015

    A collection of Mother's Day columns from The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel, focusing on the mothers of Oklahoma sports figures.

  • Winston Havenstrite: A tribute to an old coach

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    Winston Havenstrite died on March 31 at age 93. We wrote a little about him through the years. How he knew a little bit about the flag-raising at the Battle of Iwo Jima — because he was there. You can read that here. How he came out of retirement to coach baseball at Newcastle in […]

  • Big 12 brain trust a collective disaster when it comes to making decisions

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    COMMENTARY - Big 12 decision-makers are sort of like Congress. You don’t know what they’ll do, you just know that whatever they do will be wrong.

  • College football: Beware the path of boxing

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, May 8, 2015

    I wrote about the Big 12’s leadership problem for the Friday Oklahoman. But there’s a fundamental problem within college football (and basketball, to a lesser degree) that ties in with a certain event that infatuated some of America last weekend. It’s a fundamental lesson that college football needs to heed. Don’t be like boxing. Let’s […]

  • Is Bob Stoops the new Bo Schembechler?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    Bob Stoops’ career is starting to remind me of Bo Schembechler’s. Is that a good thing? The answer is yes, it should be. Schembechler was a Michigan icon. He ended up having some down years with the Wolverines, but my impression is that while Michigan fans might have gotten restless, they never lost faith or […]

  • Big 12 invites its football teams to beat each other's brains out

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The Big 12 long ago followed its “One True Champion” marketing campaign off a cliff. But now the conference seems determined to drag itself back up the mountain so it can plummet again. The Big 12 on Wednesday voted in tiebreaking procedures to declare a football champion, in the case of a tie. Some within […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Join Berry Tramel on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. live from H&H Shooting Sports, where he'll answer your questions on the Thunder's staff changes, OU and OSU sports, the NBA playoffs and more.

  • How did Alabama football survive without Rich Rodriguez?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    For the Wednesday Oklahoman, I wrote about coaches taking jobs and then reversing course a day or two later and returning to their previous. It’s an interesting phenomenon that doesn’t happen often but has happened some. You can read that column here. Sometimes, coaches get accused of such flips when it actually doesn’t fit. I […]

  • Why didn't Don Haskins ever return to OSU?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Don Haskins is one of my favorite subjects. The Bear, the Texas-El Paso legend, died in 2008, but I got to know him before he died and we would talk fairly often, mostly about OSU basketball. I wrote about Haskins — and fellow Henry Iba protégé — for my column in the Wednesday Oklahoman, which […]

  • Former OU fullback, Lawton MacArthur coach Ronnie Hartline dies at 76

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    LAWTON — Ronnie Hartline, Lawton MacArthur’s football coach the first 24 years of the school’s existence, died Monday, his 76th birthday. Hartline, a fullback at OU for Bud Wilkinson from 1958-60, was the 1956 state player of the year for Lawton High School. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Cameron Baptist Church in Lawton. Hartline, born in Fort Sill, was a two-year starter for OU and a 1960 co-captain. He was one of the Sooners who famously suffered from food poisoning at Chicago’s Chez Paree club, the night before the 1959 Northwestern game. Hartline led OU in rushing with 692 yards in 1960. Hartline was the Detroit Lions’ fourth-round pick, the 51st player taken overall, in the 1961 NFL

  • Billy Donovan: How two Oklahoma State greats put Donovan's 2007 Orlando flip-flop in perspective

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    COMMENTARY — Billy Donovan’s decision to back out on the Orlando Magic in 2007 makes more sense after Donovan’s farewell press conference Monday in Gainesville, and a similar decision by two former Oklahoma State greats.

  • Thunder: Major mind-changes among coaches

    By Berry Tramel, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    15 prominent flips by coaches in American sport

  • Blake Griffin playing the best basketball of his career

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Blake Griffin made first-team all-NBA last season and finished third in the MVP voting. This season, Griffin got a solitary fourth-place vote for MVP and won’t make first-team all-NBA. But he’s playing the best basketball of his career. And we’ve seen Griffin, Oklahoma City born and bred, play a lot of good basketball. Monday night, […]

  • Finally, a little parity comes to the NBA

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, May 4, 2015

    The Spurs are out of the NBA playoffs. The Heat, like the Thunder, didn’t even get in. The Mavericks were ushered out by the Rockets. The Lakers were lounging in lottery land since, oh, December. The Pistons didn’t reach the postseason, either. The Celtics made it, but didn’t last long against the Cavaliers. Which means […]

  • How the NFL Draft helps boost Mason Rudolph's stock even more

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    On Jan. 2, Mason Rudolph made his third college start at quarterback. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 299 yards, two touchdowns and one interception as Oklahoma State beat Washington 30-22 in the Cactus Bowl. Four months later, three starters for that Washington defense went among the top 44 picks in the NFL Draft. […]

  • A Florida alum hails Billy Donovan's commitment to community

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, May 4, 2015

    Billy Donovan obviously has engendered a lot of goodwill around Gainesville, Fla., where he’s spent the last 19 seasons as the Florida basketball coach. Florida fans seem to be lamenting the loss of Donovan the man more than Donovan the coach. Over the weekend, I received an email from Terry F. Nealy, the former president […]




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
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 18 2015 04:17:14 PM CST New faces found in NBA conference finals LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, May. 18 2015 12:52:31 PM CST Is Johnny Bench really from Binger? LINK

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