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.


  • Big 12 football: Cowboys' Mason Rudolph among few OU, OSU quarterbacks to start as freshmen

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    For the second time in three years, OSU football has turned to a true freshman quarterback. Mason Rudolph started against Baylor two weeks ago and figures to start Bedlam on Saturday and many years to come. Wes Lunt started several games as a true freshman in 2012 and figured to start many years to come. But he was injured, Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh played well in his stead, and after the season Lunt transferred to Illinois. So you never know. Before Lunt, OSU hadn’t started a true freshman quarterback since the talented but troubled Gary Porter in 1992. Mike Gundy made his first start as a true freshmen in 1986. OU hasn’t started a true freshman quarterback since Cale Gundy 24 years ago. But Texas Tech has started three

  • Big 12 football: Art Briles, Baylor need to take advantage of title shot

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Art Briles’ building job at Baylor is rivaling the Manhattan Miracle. A destitute program less than a decade ago, a program that only four years ago seemed in danger of being left without a home in conference realignment, now is in the national championship hunt for the second straight year. The Bears came to Stillwater on Nov. 23, 2013, ranked No. 3, bearing down on a berth in the national championship game. And OSU rolled 49-17. Saturday, sixth-ranked Baylor hosts No. 9 Kansas State, and a victory puts the Bears deep into the discussion for the new four-team playoff. Even if your program stays elevated at high levels, chances like this don’t come around often.

  • College football: Pac-12 title game between Arizona, Oregon tops this week's slate of games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Here is our rankings of this week’s non-Big 12 games: 1. Pac-12 Championship game, Arizona vs. Oregon at Santa Clara, Calif., played Friday night: It’s asking a lot of Arizona to beat the Ducks twice in one season. 2. ACC Championship Game, Florida State vs. Georgia Tech at Charlotte, 7 p.m., ABC: Seminoles would much rather be playing Duke. 3. Big Ten Championship Game, Wisconsin vs. Ohio State at Indianapolis, 7:17 p.m., FOX: If Buckeyes win, they make a solid case for inclusion in the four-team playoff. 4. SEC Championship Game, Alabama vs. Missouri in Atlanta, 3 p.m., CBS: A Missouri upset could produce the unthinkable — no SEC team in the playoff. 5. Mountain West Championship Game, Fresno State

  • College football: Will second straight SEC title game be different for Mizzou?

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Missouri hasn’t won a conference championship since 1969. That was before Alabama football integrated. Before Oklahoma and Alabama went to the wishbone. Heck, between 1969 and 1996, when the Big 12 was formed, Missouri never even finished in second place in the Big Eight, outright. The Tigers twice tied for second, in 1974 and 1983. But Gary Pinkel arrived in Columbia in 2001 and has made Missouri football relevant. His Tigers won the Big 12 North twice, 2007 and 2008, losing to OU in the conference title game both times. And now Missouri has made back-to-back trips to the SEC Championship Game. The 16th-ranked Tigers play No. 1 Alabama on Saturday night in Atlanta.

  • College football: Could Georgia Tech be the one to finally upset Florida State?

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Georgia Tech and Florida State don’t play that often, despite being in the same conference. They met in the 2012 ACC Championship Game, and the Seminoles won 21-15. Otherwise, the only meetings since 2003 were in 2008 and 2009. The Yellowjackets won both games, 31-28 and 49-44. Such rare meetings is fine with Florida State. Playing Georgia Tech and coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option is a total headache. Thirty years ago, teams saw such offenses every other week. Not anymore. Defensive discipline is required on every snap, and that can wreak havoc in the 21st century. Florida State has won 28 straight games, but the 12-0 Seminoles have been so unimpressive in 2014, they’ve fallen to No. 4 in the College Football

  • College football: Big Ten title for Wisconsin would heal wounds of losing Bret Bielema

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Bret Bielema coached Wisconsin well. His final three seasons in Madison, the Badgers went to the Rose Bowl every year. Won two Big Ten titles and tied for another conference championship. So when Gary Andersen came over from Utah State, he was filling big shoes. Andersen has done OK in two seasons, going 9-4 last year and now 10-2 in 2014, set to face Ohio State on Saturday night in the Big Ten title game. Andersen can’t get the Badgers to the Rose Bowl this year — Pasadena is hosting a national semifinal, and Wisconsin can’t get high enough to make the football four. But Andersen can win a Big Ten title and get the Badgers to a major bowl game, and if he does, losing Bret Bielema won’t be so stinging to

  • An insider's look at the 1960 Bedlam shennanigans

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    For our Bedlam special section in the Friday Oklahoman, I wrote about strange Bedlam tales. And one of the stories I included was the 1960 post-game brawl between OSU fans and OU Ruf-Neks. You can read that column here. Part of that 1960 melee was five OU students accosted for painting “OU” around the OSU […]

  • Douglass-Locust Grove: Will officiating shortage get even worse?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    We don’t attack many root problems in America. We treat the symptoms, not the disease. So let’s discuss the core problem in the now-infamous Douglass-Locust Grove game. It’s not the OSSAA. It’s not Douglass’ behavior. It’s not Locust Grove’s lack of honor. It’s the shortage of quality officiating across America on the high school and […]

  • Bedlam football: With the OU-OSU game looking a bit drowsy, here's a look back at some bizarre Bedlams

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    COMMENTARY — An amphibious touchdown. Martial law declared at the ticket gate. The first time Jamelle Holieway saw ice anywhere but in a cup. They all happened in the five strangest Bedlam tales. And this year’s OU-OSU game might actually benefit from a little strange.

  • 1961: We've seen the Locust Grove-Douglass flap before

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    The Douglass-Locust Grove flap now moves where it never should go — the courthouse. Oklahoma City Public Schools seek an injunction requiring the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association to replay the final 65 seconds of the game, which Locust Grove won 20-19 after Douglass’ touchdown with 1:05 left was wiped out by incorrect enforcement of […]

  • NFL predictions: AFC playoff race becoming a logjam

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    The NFL’s December has arrived, and 11 AFC teams have a winning record. That number won’t fall, either, since all are at least 7-5, and with Houston at 6-6 and playing Jacksonville this week, a dozen AFC teams could be over .500 with only three weeks left in the regular season. The NFC is much […]

  • College football predictions: Ready for a rare December game in Norman?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

      OU hosts Bedlam on Saturday, and it’s the Sooners’ first December home game in 29 years. Way back on Dec. 7, 1985, OU hosted SMU, beat the then-solid Mustangs 35-13 and soon thereafter completed quite the climb by beating Penn State in the Orange Bowl to win the national championship. Since then, the Sooners […]

  • Why does the football committee love the Big 12?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Thanksgiving weekend always offers a variety of non-conference rivalries, which finally puts a finish on interconference standings. The naked truth of college football is that while everyone gets fired up about one particular conference or another, every league is .500 within itself. If the SEC is powerful, it’s not because Alabama beat Auburn. If the […]

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

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Berry Tramel prepares you for Bedlam, talks Kevin Durant's return and debates on Douglass-Locust Grove on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m., live from H&H Shooting Sports. Get your questions in now.

  • Douglass-Locust Grove: Trojans not a sympathetic victim

    Berry Tramel | Published: Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    Douglass came out on the wrong end of bad officiating Friday night in the Class 3A quarterfinals. No doubt about that. But the Oklahoma City high school is not a sympathetic figure in the wake of Locust Grove’s 20-19 victory. School personnel and fans have not conducted themselves with much grace or dignity since the final […]

  • College Football Playoff: Good news for the Big 12 is bad for Baylor

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    COMMENTARY — It’s looking more likely that the Big 12 will be represented in the first four-team College Football Playoff, and that it won’t be the Baylor Bears.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys respect Samaje Perine, OU running game

    By John Helsley and Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine the last two games has rushed for 640 yards on 59 carries. In those two games, redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Thomas has completed 13 of 33 passes for one touchdown, three interceptions and 176 yards.

  • Oklahoma State football: Will Cowboys load the box to stop Samaje Perine?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Samaje Perine the last two games has rushed for 640 yards on 59 carries. That’s correct. Two games. In those two games, redshirt freshman quarterback Cody Thomas has completed 13 of 33 passes for one touchdown, three interceptions and 176 yards. Seems natural what to expect from the Oklahoma State defense on Saturday in Bedlam. […]

  • Why is Bo Pelini out of a job and Kirk Ferentz isn't?

    Berry Tramel | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    Todd Schoenthaler is an Oklahoman institution. By day, he works with special-needs students for Edmond Public Schools. By night, he helps coordinate our high school coverage, collecting scores and schedules and standings. Big Todd has been here since I arrived in 1991. He’s from Maquoketa, Iowa, and is a Hawkeye through and through. Big Todd […]

  • Big 12 efficiency ratings: Far superior offense gives Sooners edge in Bedlam

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Dec 1, 2014

    Time for the weekly Big 12 efficiency ratings, and it’s the best week of the year for the ratings, because every game played matches teams with the exact same Big 12 schedule. OU and OSU both have played the same eight opponents. Same with Baylor and Kansas State, and TCU and Iowa State. The comparisons […]




Berry Tramel Fri, Dec. 26 2014 08:37:57 PM CST Oklahoma football: Why the Russell Athletic Bowl is Trevor Knight's chance to stake his claim to the starting ... LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Dec. 26 2014 06:33:12 PM CST Oklahoma football notebook: Matt Romar leaves practice in ambulance LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Dec. 26 2014 05:52:14 PM CST Oklahoma fooball Q&A: Sterling Shepard say he's 'been feeling a ton better' LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Dec. 26 2014 04:18:06 PM CST Kansas State's John Currie: Don't rush to a championship game LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Dec. 26 2014 09:22:13 AM CST College football predictions: Why the Sooners have an edge in Orlando LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Dec. 25 2014 01:36:16 PM CST I'll Be Home For Christmas: A story from the Sun Bowl LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Dec. 24 2014 10:03:28 PM CST College football: How 30 for 30 pushed Miami's Al Golden onto the coaching hot seat LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Dec. 24 2014 10:03:28 PM CST College football: Why Rutgers over North Carolina is this week's upset special LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Dec. 24 2014 10:03:28 PM CST College football: Ranking the pre-New Year's bowl games LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Dec. 24 2014 08:43:39 PM CST College football: Why the Pinstripe Bowl is Eastern football as it could have been LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Dec. 24 2014 06:36:47 PM CST Berry Tramel: Christmas stories for the sports fans LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Dec. 24 2014 03:02:17 PM CST Twas the Night Before Christmas, Thunder style LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Dec. 24 2014 09:42:52 AM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Questions for Scott Brooks LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Dec. 23 2014 11:49:39 PM CST OKC Thunder: Loss to Portland proves nothing will come easy this season LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Dec. 23 2014 04:04:39 PM CST Oklahoma football: Are the Sooners over the sting of Bedlam? LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Dec. 23 2014 10:10:17 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Dec. 23 2014 09:03:18 AM CST Who should Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby appoint to the College Football Playoff committee? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Dec. 22 2014 05:18:40 PM CST OSU's Ben Grogan has empathy for fellow kicker Michael Hunnicutt LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Dec. 22 2014 03:55:05 PM CST Oklahoma City Thunder: Time to start beating the West's best LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Dec. 22 2014 10:19:45 AM CST Who can stop the Russell Westbrook madness? LINK