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  • 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...

  • 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 […]

  • OSU basketball: Anthony Hickey to be eligible immediately

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    LSU transfer Anthony Hickey will be eligible to play immediately at Oklahoma State after the NCAA approved his waiver Monday. Hickey used the NCAA’s run-off exemption after LSU did not renew his scholarship for the 2014-15 season. “Anthony brings us great experience and a lot of...

  • OSU Hoops: Big News Monday

    John Helsley | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Anthony Hickey’s transfer to Oklahoma State cleared its final hurdle Monday, with the NCAA granting Hickey’s waiver to become immediately eligible for the Cowboys for his final season. Hickey, a three-year starter at LSU, becomes the favorite to start at the point for OSU next season, filling...

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys will play Missouri in Kansas City

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Oklahoma State has a new addition to its nonconference basketball schedule, and it’s a big one. OSU will play Missouri at the Sprint Center is Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 30. Time is yet to be announced, but the ESPN family of networks is expected to televise the game. “Oklahoma State has a...

  • OSU basketball: Marcus Smart works out for Celtics

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    Boston is a popular landing spot for former Oklahoma State point guard Marcus Smart in NBA mock drafts. Friday, Smart was part of a group workout with the Celtics, and the selection would make sense. The Celtics have the No. 6 pick in June 26′s NBA Draft. Rumors continue to float from...

  • OSU football: Dominic Ramacher leaving OSU program

    Cody Stavenhagen | Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The linebacker depth chart at Oklahoma State just got even thinner. A post on Dominic Ramacher’s Facebook confirmed earlier rumors that he would leave the program. Turns out, he’s leaving football altogether. “I have decided to leave OSU and football,” Ramacher said in the post...

  • OSU football: Cowboys have smallest percentage of returning lettermen in nation

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    It’s no surprise that Oklahoma State lost a lot from its 2013 team. The Cowboys were a senior-laden squad, particularly on the defensive side. How experienced were the Cowboys? So much that they have the smallest percentage of lettermen returning of any team in the Division I Football Bowl...

  • OSU basketball: Former LSU guard Anthony Hickey officially joining Cowboys

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Thu, Jun 12, 2014

    Oklahoma State appears to have Marcus Smart’s successor at the point guard spot, but it’s not who you might think. The Oklahoman reported Wednesday the Cowboys were on the verge of landing LSU transfer Anthony Hickey, and Thursday, nola.com confirmed the report with a source close to the OSU...

  • OSU football: Cowboys land commitment from 3-star safety Kenneth McGruder

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Kenneth McGruder became the newest member of Oklahoma State’s 2015 recruiting class Monday night. McGruder, a 6-foot-2, 203-pound safety from Taylor High school in Houston, was a high school teammate of 2014 signees Chris Hardeman and Keenan Brown. Scout.com and Rivals both list McGruder as a...

  • OSU basketball: Travis Ford is grinding in recruiting

    john helsley | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Travis Ford is working. That’s always been the take on Ford among analysts and other coaches – grinding recruiter – and he’s had to be this offseason, with departures and defections reshaping Oklahoma State’s roster. Ford, and his staff, however, haven’t taken the hits without a...

  • OSU football: Cowboys get commitment from juco defensive tackle Motekiai Maile

    Cody Stavenhagen | Published: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    Motekiai Maile, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound defensive tackle from Tyler Junior College (Texas), became the sixth commitment of Oklahoma State’s 2015 recruiting class Monday. Scout.com lists the Euless, Texas, native as a two-star recruit. Maile, who had 30 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a freshman at...

  • ACC football: Florida State's schedule is stout

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    Time to rank the non-conference schedules of the Atlantic Coast Conference. And the ACC has a new look. Louisville is in, Maryland is out – I originally called Maryland an ACC school, in my Big 12 blog yesterday. I wasn’t the first and I won’t be the last to make that mistake. Anyway, the...

  • OSU Football: Devon Thomas Impact

    jhelsley | Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    In case you missed it, Cowboys freshman running back Devon Thomas was arrested. And it looks bad. Felony complaints of armed robbery and shooting with intent to kill. Here’s a link to the details. Thomas enrolled at OSU in January and went through spring drills, doing some good things before a...

  • OSU Baseball: Zach Fish will be ready to hit for Cowboys

    jhelsley | Updated: Thu, May 29, 2014

    When OSU’s Zach Fish slid in hard to second base Saturday at the Big 12 Tournament and slowed to get up, Cowboys fans gasped. So did Fish. The Big 12 Player of the Year’s absence from the rest of the weekend would be one thing, but missing him in the NCAA Tournament would have been a […]

  • Oklahoma State football: Examining the Cowboys in Sporting News’ College Football Preview

    Erik Horne | Published: Thu, May 29, 2014

    On Wednesday, I blogged about some of the OU highlights from Sporting News’ College Football Preview magazine. You can check those out here. Today, I’ll dig a little deeper into the rest of what Sporting News had to say about the Big 12, particularly Oklahoma State: *SN has Oklahoma State at...

  • Barry Sanders says retired players have tough case against NFL

    Erik Horne | Published: Tue, May 27, 2014

    On ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday morning, NFL Hall of Famer and former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders said it will be difficult for retired NFL players to win a case against the league over alleged illegal drug use. Sanders, who retired from the league in 1998, sat down for an...

  • VIDEO: Marcus Smart's pre-draft workout

    Erik Horne | Published: Sat, May 24, 2014

    The NBA Draft is just weeks away and former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart is projected as a top 10 pick. Check out this brief video of his workout routine as he prepares for his rookie season.



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John Helsley


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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.



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