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


  • OU football: Luxury suites, new weight room, fan amenities included in stadium renovation proposal

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    OU STADIUM — The proposed renovation plan for OU’s Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium will be unveiled Wednesday in Ardmore. Plans will include a new pressbox, luxury suites and fan amenities, including a new video board on the stadium’s north side to match the one on the south.

  • Why not soccer? A fan's question and my rebuttal

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Reader Daniel Boyington wrote an interesting email, discussing soccer and the current World Cup fervor. I thought I would share it, and he asked for my thoughts. I gave him some, and I’ll share even more with you. Here are Daniel’s questions: “WHY NOT SOCCER? I’ve always been just a USA World Cup and Olympic […]

  • NBA Draft: Joel Embiid shouldn't fall far

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

      Seven-foot Kansas center Joel Embiid slides down the NBA Draft projections. First, a back injury. Now, foot surgery. Embiid apparently won’t go first to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night or second to the Milwaukee Bucks, and now stately franchises like the Celtics at No. 6 and the Lakers at No. 7 have hopes […]

  • Oklahoma State football has lost a step or two in positive public relations

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Sun, Jun 22, 2014

    OSU football is not the renegade program that Sports Illustrated tried to portray. But off-season scandals are a sign that the Cowboys could get to such status quickly if coaches are not more careful on who they bring in.

  • Big 12 football: Ranking the Big 12's 75 games

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    Among the conference’s top games this season are the Sooners’ showdowns with Texas and Baylor, Kansas State’s nonconference home game with Auburn, and Baylor’s visit to Texas.

  • Why Oklahoma-Baylor is the Big 12's game of the year

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Jun 21, 2014

    A conference that once was ruled by OU and Texas now is egalitarian. Five years, five champions. Texas 2009, OU 2010, OSU 2011, Kansas State 2012, Baylor 2013.

  • BYU fans weigh in on Big 12 scheduling alliance

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Where’s there’s smoke, sometimes there’s fire. Sometimes you’re just frying bacon. When it comes to the Big 12 and Brigham Young, there’s more bacon grease than flames shooting. Until Bob Bowlsby or Joe Castiglione or Boone Pickens yells, “Call 9-1-1,” we’ll proceed with the bacon theory. But it sure is fun to think about. For […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Should Andre Roberson's role expand in Year 2?

    From Staff Reports | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Andre Roberson.

  • O'Bannon Trial: Mark Emmert steps into a pile

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    The Ed O’Bannon trial being conducted in Oakland could change the face of the NCAA. A long-time collegiate athletics observer told me this trial could change college sport more than anything in the history of the NCAA. O’Bannon and 19 other plaintiffs are seeking an injunction that would allow players to sell their rights to […]

  • Pat Riley's 'get a grip' good advice for Thunder

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Pat Riley spoke to the media Thursday in Miami. He doesn’t talk all that often. But when he does, it’s interesting. The Miami Heat president addressed his unsteady roster – 14 of the Heat’s 15 players will be or could be free agents, including superstars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh – and basically […]

  • Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable discussion about Serge Ibaka

    By Darnell Mayberry, Anthony Slater and Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Serge Ibaka. After watching him average career highs in scoring and rebounding this season, what are realistic statistical averages for Serge Ibaka next season? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think his scoring will stay around 15 points, but I think he can be even better as a rebounder and passer while also seeing an uptick in his shot-blocking. In addition to going into next season more comfortable, confident and experienced, Ibaka also could benefit from a slight minute increase. So I’ll say he’ll average 15.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 3.0 blocks. Anthony Slater, Thunder beat writer: He’ll probably be right around those same

  • Sherri Coale on Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: 'He's a star'

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Big 12 has given commissioner Bob Bowlsby a two-year contract extension that runs through June 2019. The Big 12, which not so long ago seemed on the verge of collapse, has prospered in Bowlsby’s two years of leadership. And while most everyone is impressed with Bowlsby’s tenure, he might not have a bigger fan […]

  • Barry Switzer is living a good life 25 years after he resigned as OU football coach

    By Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    It’s been 25 years since the bombshell dropped in the Santee Lounge above OU’s Memorial Stadium. A quarter century that was much kinder to Switzer than it was to the Sooners.

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

    staff reports | Updated: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Columnist Berry Tramel is answering your questions on Thunder, Big 12 football and more from H&H Shooting Sports at 11 a.m. Get your questions in now.

  • Redskins won't be the first franchise to change names

    Berry Tramel | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    The Washington Redskins name is not long for the official NFL. The U.S. patent decision announced Wednesday – the Redskins will not receive trademark protection, though the decision is up for appeal – seals the fate. The name will stay in use in a variety of circles, but it will be gone from any official […]

  • Big 12 football: The case for a BYU scheduling alliance

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    I’m in the process of compiling my annual list of the Big 12 football games, ranking them one through 75. I once did one through 96, but going from 12 to 10 members cost the league 21 games. That ranking is planned for the Sunday Oklahoman. I’m also in the process of doing a bunch […]

  • U.S. Open: Already missing Johnny Miller

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    I’m going to miss Johnny Miller on the U.S. Open golf telecasts next season. NBC has lost the contract to FOX, and Greg Norman takes over for Miller, who for 20 years called the U.S. Open and was less reverent than the average golf shill. Miller wasn’t afraid to take on the golf establishment. Didn’t […]

  • Spurs are most like 2004 Pistons

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Wed, Jun 18, 2014

    The Spurs are a different sort of NBA champion, as everyone has figured out by now. And not just because of style of play. The style of play – the crisp ball movement that everyone wants to emulate – is grand but difficult. The Spurs have been trying to win a title like that since […]

  • OKC Thunder roundtable: Assessing Kevin Durant's MVP season

    berry tramel, darnell mayberry, anthony slater | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Kevin Durant. How much better can Kevin Durant be, given the season he assembled this year? Darnell Mayberry, Thunder beat writer: I think he’s got plenty of room to grow, and I think he’ll be the first to admit that. Durant can be a better and more consistent defender, especially off the ball, he can develop his post-up game, rebound better, take better care of the ball, especially when driving to the basket in traffic, and he can impose his will more often. Each of those things individually could take his game to higher levels. Add them together and there’s no telling what Durant could do. But he might not beef up all those areas and blend them together

  • OKC Thunder needs a Danny Green-type of player

    BY BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jun 17, 2014

    COMMENTARY — Players who can shoot and defend are out there. It’s Sam Presti’s job to go out and find them.




Berry Tramel Today at 9:30 AM Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Today at 8:57 AM Father of a disciplined Sooner thanks Bob Stoops LINK
Berry Tramel Wed, Jul. 30 2014 12:44:54 PM CST Hail to OSU for renewed Tulsa series LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 08:49:30 PM CST Oklahoma football: Joe Mixon's fate rests in hands of two men — district attorney Greg Mashburn and coach Bob Stoops LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 05:21:21 PM CST Oklahoma State football: Good news from academics LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 03:35:20 PM CST LA swap: Lakers, not Clippers, suddenly have ownership problem LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 12:45:00 PM CST LA swap: Lakers, not Clipppers, suddenly have ownership problem LINK
Berry Tramel Tue, Jul. 29 2014 09:09:13 AM CST How OU did NOT fail Joe Mixon LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 11:42:14 PM CST College football: Trevor Knight took advantage of big stage, J.W. Walsh could do the same LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 04:08:59 PM CST NBA All-Star Game: Extending break not a bad idea LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 02:25:43 PM CST Did OU fail Joe Mixon? LINK
Berry Tramel Mon, Jul. 28 2014 09:38:00 AM CST Byron Scott's bad timing continues LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 05:24:40 PM CST Thunder wanting to upgrade its offense is the right way to go LINK
Berry Tramel Sun, Jul. 27 2014 12:35:34 AM CST Oklahoma football: Destroying the 'wrong place at the wrong time' myth LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 04:05:47 PM CST Big 12 football: Baylor goes from hunter to hunted LINK
Berry Tramel Fri, Jul. 25 2014 09:41:00 AM CST College Football Playoff: This exercise will help you understand LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 07:07:10 PM CST Mack Brown and his downhome charm was missed at Big 12 Media Days LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 06:02:51 PM CST Oklahoma football: Stoops delights Jerry Montgomery LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 10:42:42 AM CST Power Lunch: Chat with Berry Tramel from H&H Shooting Sports LINK
Berry Tramel Thu, Jul. 24 2014 08:48:50 AM CST Oklahoma State football: Van Malone challenges his cornerbacks LINK