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.

  • Oklahoma football: Mike Stoops needed a change

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Feb 10, 2015

    Bob Stoops has revamped his staff. In some ways, it was a scorched-Earth change by Stoops. Only three positions at OU will be coached by the same man who coached that area last season. Bill Bedenbaugh still will coach offensive line, Jerry Montgomery will coach defensive line and Tim Kish will coach inside linebackers, although […]

  • Hello downtown, my old friend

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    I crossed the Oklahoma River in my Nissan truck Monday morning, veered onto I-40 West and quickly exited at Robinson Avenue. The city was right in front of me. The Cox Center, which was the Myriad when it opened in 1972 and my dad took me to the All-College Tournament that December. Just past that, […]

  • Big 12 basketball: Sooners, Cowboys looking good

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Big 12 basketball’s RPI ratings are in great shape. And that’s including the Bedlam rivals. OU is ranked 15th and OSU is 28th. That’s the equivalent of a No. 4 seed for the Sooners in the NCAA Tournament and a No. 7 seed for the Cowboys. RPI ratings and NCAA seedings aren’t absolute correlations, of […]

  • Reggie Jackson did not learn from James Harden

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Feb 9, 2015

    Reggie Jackson wants to be a star, and you can’t blame him. That’s what this confounding season comes down to for Jackson and the Thunder, which has struggled at times trying to get re-acclimated as Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant returned from injuries. Jackson told us he wants to be a star, wants to run […]

  • Reggie Jackson showed us what kind of player he can be

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Feb 8, 2015

    While rookie Mitch McGary stole the show with a 19-point, 10-rebound performance in his first NBA appearance that mattered, Jackson was even more impressive and even more important in a rout of the Clippers.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Why Nick Collison is so important to Kevin Durant and the Thunder

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Feb 7, 2015

    The Thunder wants Nick Collison around for the same reason Kevin Durant wants Collison around. In the transient NBA world, in which players come and go, in which players’ skills come and go, in which players’ attitudes come and go, a player like Collison is a treasure.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Anthony Davis' gamer-winner a cruel blow for OKC

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    Sometimes, it’s just not your night. The Thunder can live with that. But how do you combat the gnawing suspicion that sometimes, it’s just not your year?

  • Clippers have no credibility in criticism of female referee

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Clippers-Cavaliers game Thursday night on TNT turned into a fiasco. A total Cleveland blowout, compounded by an avalanche of technical fouls against the Clippers. Seven in all, most called by rookie Lauren Holtkamp. And after the game, Chris Paul lashed out at Holtkamp. CP3 said some of the technicals were “ridiculous. The tech that […]

  • Thunder has fared well in consecutive-game situations

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The Thunder hosts the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night. Fans won’t need a program. Players won’t need a scouting report. These teams saw each other just two nights ago. In one of the NBA’s scheduling quirks, the Thunder and Pelicans meet in consecutive games. The Thunder beat New Orleans — without Kevin Durant — […]

  • Oklahoma football: Will Austin Seibert be the next Michael Keeling?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Feb 6, 2015

    The very first college football game that Bob Stoops ever played in also was Michael Keeling’s first. OU-Iowa, 1979, at Owen Field. Stoops was a Hawkeye safety. Keeling was a freshman from Dallas’ W.T. White High School. Keeling kicked and punted for the Sooners. The next game Stoops coaches in — he’s been the head […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Big win in Austin

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    OSU beat Texas 65-63 in overtime Wednesday night, and Travis Ford’s team is back in the saddle, chasing an NCAA Tournament berth. After losing Bedlam at home last Saturday, the Cowboys seemed on the verge of dropping from NCAA Tournament contention. The Cowboys were 4-5 in the Big 12 basketball race, had a home loss […]

  • Berry Tramel chat recap: OU's depth issues, Tim Kish and Dion Waiters the starter

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Missed Berry Tramel's chat on Thursday? The columnist talked Thunder, Sooners and Cowboys live from H&H Shooting Sports.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Scott Brooks switch pays off in Game 1

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Feb 5, 2015

    Your move, Monty Williams. In Game 1 of a two-game series against the Pelicans, Scotty Brooks made the big switch that shifted victory to the Thunder. And no, I don’t mean playing Russell Westbrook. Westbrook was fabulous, scoring 45 points on 18 of 31 shooting, in the Thunder’s 102-91 victory. But in two New Orleans […]

  • Signing day spotlight: Five athletes share where they signed and why


    A closer look at five Oklahoma City-area athletes who signed on Wednesday.

  • John Kolar's journey to Oklahoma State is a reminder that good things happen to good people

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    As a kid, Kolar played on teams that rarely won. Kolar didn’t even start on Norman North’s 2011 freshman team. And when Kolar seemed poised to become North’s varsity quarterback for the 2013 season, Alabama quarterback recruit David Cornwell moved to town and enrolled at North.

  • Oklahoma football: What will Cale Gundy do with so many tailbacks?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    On rare occasions, Cale Gundy has gone into an OU spring wondering what he might do at tailback. Not this season. Gundy has to be going into spring 2015 wondering what he will do with all his tailbacks. Samaje Perine is a star. Keith Ford is proven. Alex Ross has had his moments. Rodney Anderson […]

  • Oklahoma football: Why did Josh Wariboko pick UCLA?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    OU football suffered a disappointing development Wednesday when Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko-Alali signed with UCLA. Not OU, his homestate school. Not Ohio State, the defending national champion. But UCLA, which, let’s be frank, is a perennial underachiever in college football. We always wonder why a kid decides to forego OU or OSU and head […]

  • OSU football: Bedlam victory in Norman excited OSU signee, Norman QB John Kolar

    BY BERRY TRAMEL, Staff Writer, | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    NORMAN — John Kolar grew up an OU fan. Grew up going to games at Owen Field. So the afternoon of Dec. 6 was a little strange. “Especially to be in that stadium and cheering for a different team is definitely a weird feeling,” Kolar said. “But it was great. It was so fun.” OSU’s 38-35 overtime victory in Bedlam thrilled Kolar because he’s now a Cowboy. The quarterback from Norman North ceremoniously signed with OSU on Wednesday morning, but he’s been in Stillwater for three weeks, already enrolled and attending classes at OSU. “I grew up an OU fan my whole life,” Kolar said. “But when the opportunity came, I fell in love with it (OSU).” Kolar’s OU ties run deep. His father, Randy, is an OU

  • Thunder-Pelicans get a jump on the playoffs

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Feb 4, 2015

    Welcome to the playoffs. February style. The Thunder plays the Pelicans on Wednesday night in New Orleans, then returns home and plays the Pelicans on Friday night in Oklahoma City. And when the Thunder looks up at the nine teams ahead of OKC in the Western Conference standings, the first team the Boomers see is […]

  • Oklahoma basketball: Sooners make West Virginia pay for their pressure defense

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    OU constantly attacked Bob Huggins’ defense of choice and won 71-52 in a Big 12 showdown of ranked teams.

Berry Tramel Today at 10:59 AM Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 9:54 AM Will college football's Big Bowl go cold weather? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 11:49:23 PM CST A baseball feat from long ago LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 06:13:05 PM CST Why Philadelphia 76ers GM and Marlow native Sam Hinkie is losing big by design LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 01:47:37 PM CST Markel Brown: Look who's starting in Brooklyn LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Mar. 03 2015 10:37:41 AM CST Another epic collapse for OU basketball LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 10:42:53 AM CST Thunder starting lineup in a constant state of flux LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Mar. 02 2015 09:40:00 AM CST OU basketball in great shape for Omaha LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Mar. 01 2015 08:40:29 PM CST This Thunder season has gone from cursed to crazy LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 07:27:53 PM CST Evidence says name brand programs will get the selection committee's nod every time LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 04:17:19 PM CST NBA pulls back the veil more on officiating LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 12:43:57 PM CST Thunder in trouble if it can't defend the pick-and-roll LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Feb. 27 2015 09:35:23 AM CST Can schools police students who rush the court? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 06:17:00 PM CST College basketball: Student attendance might suffer, but the Big 12's Bob Bowlsby is right about getting behav... LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 04:47:08 PM CST Oklahoma football: Stories about Doc Hearon LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 12:58:41 PM CST Daniel Orton: Fired for telling the truth LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Feb. 26 2015 09:50:00 AM CST Watch out Spurs, here comes the Thunder LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 25 2015 06:09:10 PM CST Reggie Jackson: No reason to not wish him well LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 25 2015 02:50:21 PM CST Berry Tramel chat recap: On court storming, college basketball's big problem and Dez Bryant LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Feb. 25 2015 09:57:31 AM CST Oklahoma City: A night in Loud City LINK