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  • Big 12 football: No change in Baylor schedule

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby touted his league’s non-conference schedule. During his state-of-the-conference address Monday to kick off Big 12 Media Days, Bowlsby said, “This year’s nonconference schedule includes 11 institutions that were in bowl games last year, including both of the...

  • Big 12 preseason poll not so accurate in 10-team format

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Big 12 preseason media poll is out, and the Sooners are an overwhelming pick to win the conference title. So what does that mean? This is the 19th Big 12 preseason poll. In the previous 18, 15 included years in which the league was split into two divisions. So there have been 33 first-place...

  • Test your football knowledge with Big 12 officiating test

    Berry Tramel | Published: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    The Big 12 officiating clinic, conducted by CFO West, an organization that administers football officiating for a variety of conferences, always is interesting. I spent last Saturday in Irving, Texas, embedded with Big 12 officials and Big 12 officiating director Walt Anderson. Like always, I...

  • OSU football: Nike shoe pays homage to Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman season

    Erik Horne | Updated: Fri, Jul 18, 2014

    Nike is immortalizing the “greatest season ever played” with a special edition shoe paying homage to Barry Sanders. The Air Trainer 2 Premium (release date: July 26) was specifically created in honor of Sanders’ 1988 Heisman Trophy winning campaign. From Nike: “Designed to honor the...

  • Fill out your own Big 12 football preseason poll

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    The media gets to vote. So do the coaches. Why shouldn’t you? Rank the Big 12 teams heading into the preseason and we’ll publish the results in The Oklahoman this week. Thanks for participating.  

  • OSU football: Gundy to skip ESPN's 'car wash'

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Thu, Jul 17, 2014

    Only one of the 64 coaches from college football’s five power conferences will skip next week’s ESPN “car wash,” a series of interviews on various TV and radio shows on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn. That coach is Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy, who is instead attending his son’s...

  • Tyreek Hill named Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year

    Cody Stavenhagen | Updated: Wed, Jul 16, 2014

    The hype around Oklahoma State’s Tyreek Hill continues to grow. Wednesday, media members voted Hill as Big 12 Preseason Newcomer of the Year. Not exactly a surprise for those who have followed Hill since he enrolled at OSU in January. Hill, who will likely play running back and receiver...

  • Wrestling: Former OSU standout Chris Perry wins silver at University World Championships

    Trent Shadid | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    For the second time in as many days a former Oklahoma State wrestling star shined in freestyle at the University World Championships in Pecs, Hungary. Chris Perry won three matches on Wednesday before falling 5-3 to Piotr Ianulov of Moldova in the championship match at 189 pounds. Perry’s...

  • OSU basketball: Desmond Mason challenges Markel Brown to dunk contest

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    Many Oklahoma State purists stand firm in saying Desmond Mason is the best dunker in school history. But most who spent the past four years in awe of Markel Brown’s SportsCenter highlights disagree. So who’s the best dunker from OSU? Mason or Brown? Mason said Wednesday he’s ready to settle...

  • OSU basketball: Markel Brown, Desmond Mason hype dunk contest via Twitter

    Erik Horne | Published: Wed, Jul 9, 2014

    On Wednesday at the U.S. Senior Open’s Chevron Junior Day Exhibition, former Oklahoma State basketball star Desmond Mason issued a challenge to another former Cowboys high flyer, Brooklyn Nets guard Markel Brown. The challenge? A dunk contest. A slam showdown that Brown happily accepted...

  • Wrestling: Former OSU Cowboy Tyler Caldwell wins University World title

    Trent Shadid | Published: Tue, Jul 8, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State wrestling standout Tyler Caldwell claimed the 74 kg/163 lbs. freestyle title at the University World Championships in Pecs, Hungary, on Tuesday. The four-time All-American won three matches on the day, defeating Russia’s Shamil-Imam Osmanov in the championship match....

  • Markel Brown off to solid start in Summer League for Brooklyn Nets

    Erik Horne | Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    It’s just the Summer League, but former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown is off to a solid start to his NBA career. In his Summer League debut on Saturday, Brown had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in 26 minutes in the Nets’ 101-81 win against the Indiana Pacers. In a 110-91 loss...

  • OSU football: Cowboys set dates for Fan Appreciation, Media Day

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Those starving for college football don’t have to wait much longer. Oklahoma State announced key dates leading up to the season Thursday, signaling football in Stillwater is right around the corner. The Cowboys take part in Big 12 Media Days on July 21. OSU players report July 31, and the...

  • OSU football: Weeden's role in Dallas depends on Orton

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Mon, Jun 30, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has made the most of his time taking first-team reps with the Dallas Cowboys as Tony Romo recovers from back surgery, but his future in Dallas is no guarantee. As Bryan Broaddus of dallascowboys.com pointed out, the quarterback depth chart in...

  • OSU football: Cowboys taking three to Big 12 Media Days

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Times have changed at Oklahoma State, and the same goes for the Big 12 as a whole. If you need proof, look no further than the lineup for Big 12 Media Days, which take place July 21-22 in Dallas. Gone are big names like Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon and Justin Gilbert. Instead, receiver Jhajaun...

  • NCAA Wrestling: New rules aim to limit stalling

    Trent Shadid | Published: Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Four experimental wrestling rules were approved by the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday, all of which center around limiting stalling with hopes of creating more action on the mat. Two of the rules will be implemented for the 2014-15 season, both focusing on wrestlers who are in...

  • Marcus Smart to chat with fans live during NBA Draft

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart has been selected as one of the athletes to appear on a live Google+ Hangout at the NBA Draft. Follow his selection, Smart, widely projected to be a top 10 pick in Thursday’s draft, will speak with fans live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y....

  • OSU football: Cowboys get commitment from LB Za’Carrius Green

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    Oklahoma State got its eighth commitment of the 2015 class on Friday in Duncanville, Texas linebacker Za’Carrius Green, according to a report from GoPokes.com. Scout.com ranks Green as a three-star prospect. At 5 feet 11 inches and 190 pounds, Green could also play safety in college. Green was...

  • OSU basketball: Marcus Smart says Utah Jazz 'not interested' in him; Jazz VP disputes

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart would love to be a top-four pick in June 26′s NBA Draft. He’d love to be a top-six pick, too. But No. 5? Maybe not. The saga started Sunday when Smart, who ESPN’s WARP metric measured as the top player in this year’s draft class, indicated on...

  • VIDEO: Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart featured by ‘NBA Rooks’

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, Jun 19, 2014

    Former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart says he can bring “a winner’s attitude” to an NBA franchise in a short film from NBA.com’s “NBA Rooks” series. The video follows Smart around during his pre-draft workouts, as the projected lottery pick gives insight into what he wants to...


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John Helsley

OSU Reporter Sr.

John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was deep-rooted at an early age.

Mrs. Jackson, an English/Journalism teacher at Del City High, plucked him for the school paper, The Eagle Beacon, and John was hooked. While he detoured through a brief accounting career, John returned to college (Central Oklahoma) for a second degree and a second career that has seen him cover everything from the preps to the pros at The Oklahoman.

John lives in Edmond with his wife Roberta and two daughters, Sarah and Jillian, who are keeping the family tradition of cheering for the baseball team with the birds on the bat.