Erik Horne
Digital News Online Sports Editor

Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep sports, to rodeo, to OU pro days, to monster truck rallies.

A native of LaPlace, La. – located 25 miles west of New Orleans – Horne headed to Atlanta following high school, graduating from Oglethorpe University in 2007 as a four-year letterman in soccer. While in Atlanta, Horne worked two years as an intern then sports editor for SCORE Atlanta, providing coverage of the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Falcons and high schools in the Atlanta metro area.

Horne lives in Oklahoma City.

  • Rickie Fowler bought beer for the media after his walk-off Par 3 ace

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State golfer Rickie Fowler was in a generous mood on Thursday at the Quicken Loans National. Starting his round on the back nine, Fowler's last hole of the day was the Par 3 No. 9 ... which he aced. WALK OFF. Rickie Fowler just aced No. 9 to shoot an opening-round 67. #QuickHits — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) July 30, 2015 // In celebration, Fowler provided beer for the media in attendance, along with a note that read "It's not a mortgage for a year, but enjoy a cold one on me! Cheers, Rickie!" Great move by @RickieFowler. He aced par 3 9th and bought drinks for media members. The

  • Drake pays homage to Joe Carter, Blue Jays via Meek Mill diss track 'Back to Back'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    If you haven't heard, rappers Drake (he of "against-the-rules recruiting of Kevin Durant to the Toronto Raptors" fame) and Meek Mill are in a rap beef of sorts (here's a quick explanation of the feud). Somehow, Oklahoma City native/Millwood alum and Toronto Blue Jays legend Joe Carter has become a random footnote in it all. On Wednesday, Drake - a Toronto native - released a scathing diss track online about Mill entitled "Back to Back," in which the title line refers to Drake's boast that "they 'gon ask if can play this s*** baaaaaaaack to back.

  • Kirk Herbstreit hasn't forgotten his Boone Pickens Stadium earthquake experience

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Kirk Herbstreit will never, ever forget his trips to Stillwater. The Internet won't let him, either. The ESPN college football analyst reminded everyone on Tuesday just how spooked he was while broadcasting at Oklahoma State's Boone Pickens Stadium in 2011. Herbstreit (who was perched high atop Boone Pickens Stadium) was talking to Chris Fowler on ESPN after the Cowboys' 52-45 win over Kansas State when the aftershock of a 5.6 earthquake visibly scared the living daylights out of him. And gifted us with the above iconic photo. And that was just the first time Herbstreit happened to be in Stillwater for an earthquake. Another one struck six miles northeast of Stillwater on the eve of

  • Tennessee football using Jack Daniel's theme for 2015 tickets

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Double tap if you love the look of our 2015 tickets! A photo posted by Tennessee Football (@vol_football) on Jul 27, 2015 at 6:27pm PDT // // I'm not a whiskey drinker myself, but this is cool. The University of Tennessee is embracing its state's whiskey-industry roots with a Jack Daniel's-esque spin on its 2015 football season tickets.

  • Lakers free agent signings were asked about Kobe Bryant and it got quiet and awkward

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    The Los Angeles Lakers introduced three new free agent signings - Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass - on Wednesday, and things got a little weird when Kobe Bryant was brought up. Reporter: "Have any of you guys heard from Kobe, and if so, what did he say?" Players: Awkward. A video posted by Dave McMenamin (@davemcten) on Jul 22, 2015 at 11:29am PDT // That is some loud

  • VIDEO: Russell Westbrook impersonator back with James Harden, Tim Duncan videos

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A few weeks ago, @BdotAdot5 - an overseas professional basketball player and self-proclaimed "social media icon," posted video of his spot-on Russell Westbrook impression. The video went viral and even Westbrook thought it was funny. Well, he's back, this time with impressions of James Harden and Tim Duncan that are hilarious and accurate. First, Duncan:  Tim Duncan be like… (IB: @ericvdunn) FT: @JHDeuce & @That_Guyy23 #MrFundamental — B.A. (@BdotAdot5) July 21, 2015 And the joy of Harden: This impersonation of #JamesHarden by @BdotAdot5 is SPOT ON.

  • Baylor's Shawn Oakman on OSU's Emmanuel Ogbah: 'Who's that?'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman is no stranger to controversy at Big 12 Media Days. Last season, he took shots at OU and the Sooners' win against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. On Tuesday, he (intentionally or not) slighted fellow All-Big 12 defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah of Oklahoma State. Shots fired. RT @CowboysRFF: Shawn Oakman when asked about Emmanuel Ogbahs game: "Who that?" — OK State (@TheOkiePokie) July 21, 2015 // Briles talks about people not knowing Baylor players' names. At same time, Shawn Oakman is over asking who Emmanuel Ogbah (All-Big 12) is.

  • [UPDATE]: Big 12 not done with 'One True Champion' slogan

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    New year, new slogan for the Big 12 Conference. The 10-team conference came under a lot of fire last year for its "One True Champion" mantra, and that was even before TCU and Baylor had to share the Big 12 football title. The co-champions label ultimately cost the two schools a chance at a College Football Playoff spot. On the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days on Monday, the first big change was evident. The "One True Champion" slogan wasn't out front, instead replaced by "Every Game Matters," which could be seen behind commissioner Bob Bowlsby during his opening press conference. Big 12 2015: "Every game matters" pic.twitter.

  • VIDEO: OU quarterback Baker Mayfield dances in Owen Field end zone

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Baker Mayfield strikes again. The OU quarterback had already gained national notoriety for his dancing abilities, but he's adding more to his resume. The latest video of Mayfield doing the "whip" has surfaced (via @caroline_kemp) and it's just as good as the first. This time, Mayfield breaks it down in what looks like the Owen Field end zone. A touchdown celebration to come?

  • Want to send your kid to Kevin Durant's camp? All it takes is a game face

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    Do you know someone who deserves a spot at the Kevin Durant Basketball Camp? Post a selfie of your first through sixth grader's best game face using #GameFaceOK to your favorite social media outlet, and you could win one of three passes to the 2015 Kevin Durant Basketball ProCamp, which will be Aug. 6-7. For complete contest rules, visit

  • Serge Ibaka, Marcus Smart on rosters for first NBA game in Africa

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart will join players from around the NBA in the league's first game in Africa on Aug. 1. Ibaka, a native of the Congo, will represent Team Africa but will not play due to injury. Smart, the former Oklahoma State standout, will play for Team World in the sold-out exhibition at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Team Africa, coached by San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, will be comprised of players born in Africa and second-generation African players. Thunder assistant Monty Williams will be on Popovich's staff for Team Africa. Team World will be coached by Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel

  • MLB to OKC? What NewsOK readers are saying about baseball expansion/relocation

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    There's been plenty of interesting conversation about an ESPN report which said Oklahoma City may end up on Major League Baseball's radar should it consider cities for franchise expansion or relocation. Here are some responses from readers (Note: All comments via NewsOK Sports Facebook page and story comments): Tyler Scott Coble: "The only problem is our TV market. We'd be tapping into Ranger, Royals, and Cardinals market." Jerry Allison: "OKC doesn't support baseball. The RedHawks had a good start but they were abandoned when the NBA came to town. This is a one-sport town." Jim Gormley: "I don't think OKC could support 30,000 + people for 81 games a year.

  • T. Boone Pickens congratulates Dez Bryant on new deal: 'We're both rich now'

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Dez Bryant finally got his new contract Wednesday from the Dallas Cowboys, and T. Boone Pickens was one of the first to congratulate him. Oklahoma State's billionaire booster tweeted at Bryant "we're both rich now" after news came down of the former OSU All-American receiver signing a five-year, $70 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Pickens even proposed a new name for the home of Oklahoma State football: .@DezBryant #OKState proud of you. We’re both rich now. Want in on #OKState football stadium? “Pickens/Bryant Stadium” Not cheap though. — T.

  • Nick Saban says NFL draft grades affected Alabama players' performance in Sugar Bowl

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    At SEC Media Days on Wednesday, Alabama coach Nick Saban reportedly said he wasn't happy with the NFL passing out its draft projections to juniors prior to Alabama's 42-35 loss to Ohio State in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The NFL delivered its grades to juniors on Dec. 15. Alabama and Ohio State played Jan. 1. The full quote from Saban: "I just felt like in our experience last year, our chemistry from the SEC championship game to the playoff game was affected by something. We had six guys in this situation this past year and 11 the year before.

  • VIDEO: This guy nailed a Russell Westbrook impression and Westbrook loved it

    Erik Horne | Updated: Mon, Jul 13, 2015

    Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is known for being one of the most animated and passionate players in the NBA. He's so expressive that even his off-court facial expressions have gone viral. Overseas hooper/self-proclaimed "social media icon" @BdotAdot5 paid homage to Westbrook with this pretty spot-on impression, which is gaining serious traction on Twitter. Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) in game facial expressions be like… vs. His Player Picture. feat. @That_Guyy23 — B.A. (@BdotAdot5) July 13, 2015 The short video is so good, Westbrook himself gave it the seal of approval Monday.

  • Enes Kanter: What the Internet's saying about the Blazers' $70 million offer

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Should the Thunder bring back Enes Kanter on a four-year, $70 million deal? That's what it's going to take, as Kanter has reportedly signed a max deal with the Thunder's division rival - the Portland Trail Blazers. Some are for it, others think it's crazy money for a center with rare offensive skills but obvious holes on defense. Thunder general manager Sam Presti told The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater that the Thunder's "intention has been to match offers on Enes and nothing has changed in this regard." Here's what some of the Internet's NBA community had to say about the proposed deal and what the Thunder should do.

  • Russell Westbrook to debut new Jordan Brand shoes at Penn Square Mall

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Russell Westbrook is coming to Penn Square Mall. The Thunder star will be out at Foot Locker's House of Hoops on Saturday to promote his first signature shoe - the Jordan Brand "Westbrook Zero." Westbrook has been teasing their arrival for the past few days with photos via social media. Westbrook will appear from 9:30 a.m.-noon to greet fans, and a limited quantity of autographed photos and special edition bags will be available. 2 DAYS........ #westbrookzero #justwaitonit — Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) July 9, 2015 // 3 DAYS....... #westbrookzero

  • Report: Oklahoma State basketball reaches out to top 2016 forward Thon Maker

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jul 9, 2015

    Oklahoma State basketball is reportedly targeting a major difference-maker in the Class of 2016. Remember the name Thon Maker. The 7-foot forward would be the Cowboys' biggest recruiting coup since Marcus Smart, and ESPN recruiting insider Jeff Borzello says that Travis Ford and Co. have reached out to the 18-year-old Sudan native. Kentucky, Florida St. and Oklahoma State are among schools to reach out to Thon Maker since move to 2016. Arizona St., Indiana in there too. — Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) July 9, 2015 Maker was planning earlier this year to move up to the Class of 2015 so he could get into college ball early, but in April decided

  • Thunder among odds leaders for 2016 NBA championship

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Following a flurry of free agent activity in the NBA (which hasn't yet included the Oklahoma City Thunder signing Enes Kanter - but don't worry), has reconfigured the NBA title odds for 2016. You guessed it - the San Antonio Spurs at 9-to-2 have made the biggest leap, jumping the Thunder and only trailing the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in terms of best odds to win the championship. The Thunder is an 8/1 favorite.

  • Tony Casillas critical of OU, David Boren following Florida State's dismissal of De'Andre Johnson

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Jul 8, 2015

    Former Oklahoma All-American defensive lineman Tony Casillas didn't hide his feelings about the Sooners and their decision regarding Joe Mixon. In the wake of Florida State kicking quarterback De'Andre Johnson off the team following video surfacing of him punching a woman in the face in a bar, Casillas says there was a double standard in the university's punishment of Mixon compared to its punishment of members of OU's Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter. — tony casillas (@tccasillas) July 7, 2015 "Joe Mixon hit a young woman and knocked her unconscious, and yet is going to play this football season," Casillas posted to Facebook,