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


  • Oklahoma football: Destroying the 'wrong place at the wrong time' myth

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    JOE MIXON — Wrong place at the wrong time doesn’t always mean unlucky. Sometimes it means you placed yourself in the wrong place at the wrong time. What can coaches and teammates do to get through to young players that being out late and around alcohol is a sure way to find trouble?

  • NBA All-Star Game: Extending break not a bad idea

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver is considering extending the all-star break from four days to seven days, according to the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale. Which is not a bad idea. The all-star schedule is crazy for some players. Some players have to play on Thursday night and be at some all-star functions by noon Friday. That’s […]

  • Did OU fail Joe Mixon?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Brent Clark is a Norman attorney, OU football historian and a former NCAA investigator. He’s also a friend of mine and a close observer of all kinds of things. Brent sent me an interesting take on the Joe Mixon situation. I thought I would share it. And the title will grab you. HOW THE UNIVERSITY […]

  • Byron Scott's bad timing continues

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jul 28, 2014

    Byron Scott once had a magic touch. Every coaching job he got turned to, well, maybe not gold, but turned to success. Scott retired from playing in the NBA in 1997. He was (mostly) Laker sharpshooter in the glory days of Magic and Kareem; Scott had a big name and a good name. He was […]

  • Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    The Thunder ranked second in NBA offense (points per possession) in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 but slipped to seventh last season. Points per possession is the best way to gauge an offense (or defense), and the Thunder slipped to 1.081 points per possession last season, after averaging 1.102 the year before.

  • Big 12 football: Baylor goes from hunter to hunted

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Big 12 Media Days kicked off Monday in Dallas, and the marquee team was Baylor. Big 12 history clearly would define a hierarchy of teams. Texas and Oklahoma. Then Nebraska and Texas A&M. Then some order of Oklahoma State and Kansas State, maybe Texas Tech in the Mike Leach days. Colorado when the Gary Barnett […]

  • College Football Playoff: This exercise will help you understand

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff, gave a presentation at Big 12 Media Days earlier this week and went through a very instructive exercise. Hancock took three fantasy end-of-season rankings and showed how each would fill out the post-season assignments of the major bowls. You think you know all the details of […]

  • NBA player movement: Eastern Conference at least stabilizes

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The West has been the NBA’s dominant conference for several years. Don’t expect that to change anytime soon. The West still has the majority of the league’s best teams. The West went nine quality teams deep last season. Phoenix finished out of the playoff race last season despite a 48-34 record. That would have placed […]

  • Here's what Mack Brown's next job should be

    By Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Former Texas coach was missed at Big 12 Media Days. But he doesn't need to stay out of coaching for long.

  • Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Bob Stoops went on ESPN and was in rare form. He defended the Big 12, he took issue with Nick Saban’s “consolation” Sugar Bowl talk and generally was as feisty as in his best days. Sooners loved it. So did Stoops’ staff. “He’s the man,” said OU defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery. “He’s from Youngstown, […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Berry Tramel is back from Big 12 Media Days, chatting OU, OSU and Thunder from H&H Shooting Sports. Get your questions in and Berry will be on at 11 with answers.

  • Oklahoma State football: Van Malone challenges his cornerbacks

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jul 24, 2014

    Justin Gilbert was a Thorpe Award finalist last season for Oklahoma State. He was one of the best cornerbacks in OSU football history. And now Gilbert is gone to the NFL. And cornerback remains a team strength. Such is the ascent of Mike Gundy’s program that the Cowboys could lose a star and be just […]

  • Why Cavs shouldn't trade for Kevin Love

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    If the Cleveland Cavaliers trade for Kevin Love, they will be the favorites in the NBA’s Eastern Conference next season. If the Cavs don’t trade for Love, they will be the favorites in the East. So we’re talking a matter of degrees here. And if I was general manager of the Cavs — you know, […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops talks Sugar Bowl

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Bob Stoops sat down at his appointed post, in the corner of the ballroom in Dallas’ Omni Hotel on Tuesday, and accepted his 90-minute sentence with aplomb. Stoops was in a good mood, knew he would face some Dorial Green-Beckham questions, knew he would be asked about the college football playoff and Big 12 scheduling […]

  • Dallas travelblog: Pickups, RC Cola & mascots

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Big 12 Media Days are over. A few observations: * Charlie Strong is boring. Maybe the new Texas coach is great on the recruiting trail and in the locker room. But he does not win in the court of public relations. Of course, Mack Brown did win in the latter, and it didn’t save his […]

  • Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops is taking a big chance on Dorial Green-Beckham

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Green-Beckham found trouble at Missouri, twice for marijuana-related offenses and once for allegedly pushing a coed down a flight of stairs. If DGB finds more weed trouble in Norman, everyone will shake their head and blame the guy for being a goofball. If DGB has more domestic trouble, it won’t be just Green-Beckham’s butt in a sling. It will be Stoops’s. In part because of the timing.

  • Big 12 football notebook: TCU defensive end Devonte Fields suspended

    By Berry Tramel and Associated Press | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    TCU suspended defensive end Devonte Fields on Tuesday pending the results of a police investigation into whether he punched a former girlfriend in the head and threatened her with a gun while shouting, “I should blast you!”

  • Big 12 football: Speed of game always a concern

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Big 12 officiating director Walt Anderson said the rules committee in the offseason talked about possibly letting the clock run after a first down, as a way to speed up the game. The idea was tabled for a year. “I know it will come up at least for discussion this next year,” Anderson said. Anderson […]

  • Oklahoma football: A tribute to George Brewer

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    George Brewer died Monday at the age of 85. Brewer was a halfback on Bud Wilkinson’s great OU teams of the late 1940s. We put together a quick story for the Tuesday Oklahoman, but we were super busy down in Dallas with Big 12 Media Days. I regretted that we didn’t have more time to […]

  • Dallas travelblog: Egads, a new Mountaineer

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

      Big 12 Media Days aren’t like they used to be. Heck, the whole Big 12 isn’t like it used to be. And not for the reason you’re thinking. Jonathan Kimble is gone. The original Mountaineer mascot. Oh, not original to West Virginia. But original to the Big 12. Jonathan took Big 12 Media Days […]




Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 10:33:29 PM CST Bill Greason & Mark House: together again LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 09:29:23 PM CST Oklahoma football: Optimism reigns over defense LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 01:43:43 PM CST Why can't OU and OSU play Arkansas? LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 20 2014 09:34:33 AM CST Should mid-majors drop down in football? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 05:28:51 PM CST OKC Thunder: Keeping Reggie Jackson is a priority, but it won't be easy LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 04:00:00 PM CST Emails in on Joe Mixon LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 19 2014 09:02:23 AM CST Johnny Manziel's salute: Welcome to Kevin Sumlin's nightmare LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 07:32:37 PM CST Joe Mixon will always be the guy who hit the girl LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 12:49:19 PM CST Thunder most attractive team to TV executives LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 18 2014 09:22:56 AM CST AP preseason poll: More meaningless than ever LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 14 2014 03:23:28 PM CST Oklahoma football: What did Bedlam 2013 mean? LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Aug. 14 2014 09:37:44 AM CST Darryl Strawberry: Could have been a (OSU) Cowboy LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 13 2014 09:34:14 PM CST Darryl Strawberry still battles his 'monster inside' LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Aug. 13 2014 10:58:42 AM CST Big 12 football: Where have all the quarterbacks gone? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Aug. 12 2014 09:42:32 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: I'm dreaming of no Christmas Day game LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Aug. 11 2014 09:53:35 AM CST A fabulous PGA without Tiger LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Aug. 10 2014 06:59:33 PM CST Building superteams in NBA is not a new fad LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 08 2014 10:05:59 PM CST College athletics are changing — and not in a good way LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 08 2014 01:02:00 PM CST Coaches want to beef up schedules? Yeah, right LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Aug. 08 2014 09:47:01 AM CST What does autonomy mean for power five conferences? LINK