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.


  • How the committee should think: Three SEC teams in the top four

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Time to rank the college football teams, again based on how the new College Football Playoff committee should think. I had an interesting discussion at the Cotton Bowl on Saturday. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News went through the committee’s mock selection exercise last week. They used the 2008 season as a model; that’s […]

  • Kevin Durant injury: Stop Googling 'Jones fracture'; Start thinking Jones, Perry

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    No reason to let Durant’s injury ruin your Sunday morning or your October or your every day between now and Christmas. Durant’s going to sit for awhile no matter what your attitude is, so your attitude might as well be good.

  • Big 12 rankings: Baylor moves to No. 1

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Here’s how entertaining was Big 12 football on Saturday. OU and Texas played one of the stranger games in their ancient series. The game was decided by five points and kept all 92,000 fans in their seats until the end. And it was the only fourth-best game of the day. Baylor’s wild 61-58 victory over […]

  • OU football: Sooners escape with stranger than strange victory over Texas

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    BERRY TRAMEL COMMENTARY — The 11th-ranked Sooners aren’t who we thought they are. OU’s offense was putrid most of the day, but you could make the argument that OU’s defense was worse. But yet, the Sooners came out of Cotton Bowl Stadium with the win.

  • Oklahoma football: OU-Texas by the numbers

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    In Saturday’s 31-26 OU victory, Alex Ross became the third player in OU history with two touchdowns in a singles season off kickoff returns.

  • OU football report card: Sooners pristine in special teams; Josh Heupel's playcalling above average

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    The Sooners beat Texas 31-26, but it was a strange game. So you’ve got some strange grades considering any win in the Cotton Bowl is a good win. KICKING GAME: A From Alex Ross’ 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to Jed Barnett’s directional punting to Michael Hunnicut’s 44-yard field goal, the Sooners dominated the kicking game. Jaxon Shipley had a 31-yard punt return for UT in the fourth quarter, but otherwise, the Sooners were pristine in special teams. Barnett was unsung; he averaged 43.8 yards per punt and three of his kicks were downed inside the 20-yard line. DEFENDING SWOOPES: C For the second straight game, OU allowed an opposing quarterback to have the game of his life. First, TCU’s Trevone

  • Live Coverage: OU vs. Texas

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Welcome to the Cotton Bowl! OU and Texas are back at it again in the Red River Showdown. How will the Sooners and Longhorns respond after losses in the Big 12? Follow our live coverage with Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and The Oklahoman sports team.

  • OU-Texas Friday: Coincidences and Castiglione

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    The day before OU-Texas is another day full of tradition. A trip across the Metroplex for the OU Club of Fort Worth luncheon. A quick appearance at Humperdink’s for a couple of Sports Animal segments. Dinner at one of our regular Dallas spots. But Friday also included some hidden charms. Here’s how it went. OLD […]

  • OU-Texas a "life-changing" experience

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    From time to time, Bob Stoops likes to downplay the OU-Texas game. Stoops likes to downplay big events and upplay small events. He’ll try to tell you that OU-Louisiana Tech is the same as OU-Texas, even though it’s not, and just about any kind of pushback will persuade Stoops to retreat a little. Because he […]

  • If Sooners want to beat Texas, then better third down play might be the key

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Just last season, the Sooners were about as bad as a team could be on third down. They converted just two of 13, Texas converted 13 of 20 and the Longhorns went away surprising 36-20 winners.

  • Big 12 football: Baylor-TCU the biggest game in Texas

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    The biggest college football game in the state of Texas on Saturday isn’t in the Cotton Bowl. And it’s not in College Station, where third-ranked Mississippi plays Texas A&M. The brightest star in the Lone Star State shines in Waco, where Baylor hosts TCU in a battle of top-10 unbeatens. That’s right. Baylor and TCU. Call it a private-schools revolution. Baylor won the Big 12 title in 2013, and if TCU wins Saturday at sparkling new McLane Stadium, the Frogs will be favored to supplant the Bears. The TCU-Baylor winner moves into one of the favorite’s roles for the precious spots in the four-team College Football Playoff. “This is what we came to the Big 12 for,” said TCU cornerback Kevin White,

  • Big 12 football: Forces of habit say go with Texas over OU

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    My OU-Texas system is rock solid. Always pick the school that won the year before. That’s because of the historic nature of the series. When the Sooners or Longhorns win, they tend to get on a roll.

  • Big 12 football: TCU-Baylor outshines OU-Texas, every other conference game this week

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Here is our rankings of this week’s Big 12 games: 1. TCU at Baylor, 2:30 p.m., ABC: First time ever both teams enter the game ranked. 2. Oklahoma vs. Texas at Dallas, 11 a.m., ABC: First-time coach and first-time quarterback for Texas. 3. West Virginia at Texas Tech, 11 a.m., Fox Sports1: Mountaineers’ Big 12 bubble burst in Lubbock two years ago. 4. Oklahoma State at Kansas, 3 p.m., Fox Sports1: The Cowboys struggled in Lawrence two years ago. 5. Toledo at Iowa State, 2:30 p.m., cyclones.tv: Rockets won last meeting, 36-35 in 2007.

  • Big 12 football: Baylor needs Bryce Petty of 2013 to show up in 2014

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Baylor’s Bryce Petty was the 2013 all-Big 12 quarterback and placed seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting. But this year has not gone like last year for Petty.

  • College football: Go with Duke over Georgia Tech in this week's upset special

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    If Georgia Tech beats Duke, the Yellowjackets will be 3-0 in the ACC and big favorites to win what seemed a tight Coastal race. They are 3 1/2-point favorites Saturday at home, but let’s go with Duke in the upset.

  • College football: Georgia's Mark Richt on the hot seat...again

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    SEC EAST — Georgia make the return trip to Missouri on Saturday after the Tigers beat the Bulldogs in Athens last year. Georgia, and coach Mark Richt, needs a win.

  • College football: State of Mississippi hogging the national spotlight

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    TOP 25 FOOTBALL — There are some happy folks in Mississippi. Ole Miss had ESPN’s GameDay last week. Mississippi State has it this week. The two teams from the Magnolia State are tied at No. 3 in this week’s AP poll.

  • College football: Auburn at Mississippi State the best of this week's national games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Here is our rankings of this week’s non-Big 12 games: 1. Auburn at Mississippi State, 2:30 p.m., CBS: Auburn has lost just 10 times in the last 50 meetings. 2. Ole Miss at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. ESPN: Rebels’ first trip to College Station since 1975 is a big one. 3. Oregon at UCLA, 2:30 p.m., FOX: A virtual national-championship elimination game, before October is half over. 4. Southern Cal at Arizona, 9:30 p.m., ESPN2: Can UofA, which struggled to beat Texas-San Antonio, knock off its second straight heavyweight? 5. Georgia at Missouri, 11 a.m., CBS: Missouri’s 41-26 win at Georgia last year propelled the Tigers to the division title. 6. Duke at Georgia Tech, 11:30 a.m.

  • Dallas travelblog: The lights of Reverchon Park

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    I’ve been to Dallas hundreds of times. Now know the city well enough that I often just take off and head somewhere without directions or maps. Just give me an address or a general area and I’ll start the hunt. And Thursday, I saw something I’d never noticed before. The baseball field at Reverchon Park. […]

  • How the Texas football housecleaning is giving new meaning to LiveStrong

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Oct 9, 2014

    COMMENTARY — LiveStrong used to be an Austin staple. Now it is again, but not because of Lance Armstrong. New Texas coach Charlie Strong is instilling a tough new culture into Longhorn football.




Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 05:22:01 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Cowboys can breathe a sigh of relief LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 04:11:44 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Another test for Cowboy defensive backs LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 02:14:58 PM CST Oklahoma State football: SI saga finally over LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 10:50:53 AM CST OSU football: NCAA, investigative consultant say Sports Illustrated allegations 'fundamentally unfounded' LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Oct. 21 2014 09:05:05 AM CST Bowl bets: OU in Alamo, OSU in Liberty LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 09:26:38 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ineffective in obvious passing downs LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 02:24:39 PM CST Fort Worth travelblog: Finding Aunt Velma's house LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Oct. 20 2014 09:12:02 AM CST How the college football committee should think: Florida State No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 08:16:31 PM CST Breaking down the College Football Playoff outlook LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 03:10:45 PM CST Big 12 rankings: TCU returns to No. 1 LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Oct. 19 2014 12:53:31 AM CST Collected wisdom: Jim Traber says 'when I explode on callers it's good radio' LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 11:03:56 PM CST OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys streak of 20-plus point games comes to an end LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:52:55 PM CST OSU football notebook: Mike Gundy says Cowboys now forced to rebound in a 'true test of character' LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:04 PM CST OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys struggle to put up yards, points vs. TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:03 PM CST OSU football report card: Cowboys' grades reflect the futile performance vs. TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 09:15:03 PM CST OSU football: Cowboys step back to yesteryear by getting blown out by TCU LINK
Berry Tramel Sat, Oct. 18 2014 04:38:55 PM CST Collected wisdom: Jim Traber talks about his success in radio LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 17 2014 06:33:49 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer explains Trevone Boykin's improvement LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 17 2014 06:10:18 PM CST Why is everyone so down on Oklahoma State? LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Oct. 17 2014 06:10:18 PM CST College football: Brian Kelly has his own problems to worry about at Notre Dame LINK