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  • Tramel: Fine college football players? When will we start fining coaches?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    College football coaches need a little more self-awareness. Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster and Cincinnati head coach Tommy Tuberville both said their schools would consider docking money from players who violate team rules or athletic department policies or even fail to meet...

  • OSU football: Kevin Peterson good to go

    john helsley | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Cowboys senior Kevin Peterson found himself in a familiar spot Thursday: atop the first official depth chart at cornerback. Good to fill that spot, too, Peterson said, having undergone minor knee surgery earlier this preseason. “I’m glad it happened so early,” Peterson said in declaring...

  • Former Oklahoma State DB Tyler Patmon next man up in Dallas Cowboys secondary

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    With Dallas Cowboys defensive back Orlando Scandrick ruled out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, a former Oklahoma State Cowboy is stepping into a spotlight role. Dallas head coach Jason Garrett told the media Wednesday that Tyler Patmon would replace...

  • Dez Bryant lands on Rolling Stone magazine's 'NFL Special' cover

    Erik Horne | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is continuing to reach new heights as a football player and a marketing star. The former Oklahoma State all-american revealed that he'll be on the cover of Rolling Stone's upcoming NFL special issue, on newsstands Sept. 10. Bryant posted a...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys chasing top TE prospect Isaac Nauta

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    News of OSU's new "Cowboy Back" position is traveling. All the way to Florida, where the nation's top tight end prospect -- Isaac Nauta -- is intrigued to see how the position plays out this season. Once a Florida State commitment, the consensus five-star prospect has reopened his...

  • Oklahoma State football: 2016 Desoto, Texas, cornerback A.J. Green verbally commits to Cowboys

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Oklahoma State received its second verbal pledge for the 2016 class from the same Texas high school team late Monday when A.J. Green — a 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback from DeSoto — committed to the Cowboys. Green broke the news on Twitter.   Green is teammates with fellow 2016...

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Bill Grier now officially on Cowboys' staff

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    News broke last week about the addition of Bill Grier to Travis Ford’s basketball staff at OSU. Yet with paperwork still to be completed, an announcement from the school was delayed until Monday. Now it’s official, Grier, the former head coach at San Diego University, is joining the...

  • Cowboys need to raise run game efficiency

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    OSU’s running game has not been trending in the right direction. Mike Gundy wants that to change. In 2010, the first year of Dana Holgorsen’s Air Raid, the Cowboys averaged 5.52 yards per carry by running backs. In 2011, with Holgorsen gone but Brandon Weeden returning at quarterback, OSU...

  • Did FWAA's all-time college football team take NFL careers into consideration?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The Football Writers Association of America has produced its 75th anniversary all-time college football team. Which, of course, is an impossible task. Hard enough to pick out the best players in any particular year, much less all seasons ever. Sort of an upgraded mission from the College...

  • FWAA 75th Anniversary All-America team: Should Barry Sanders have been a first-teamer?

    Erik Horne | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    The Football Writers' Association of America released its 75th Anniversary All-America team on Monday - "celebrating the association's All-America teams from near the end of World War II through the 2014 season." It's a list of some of the biggest names in college football history....

  • Former Sooners Selmon, Jackson on FWAA 75th Anniversary All-American team

    Ryan Aber | Updated: Thu, Aug 20, 2015

    Former Oklahoma stars Lee Roy Selmon and Keith Jackson are among the first-team honorees on the Football Writers Association of America's 75th Anniversary All-America Team announced Thursday. Selmon starred for the Sooners from 1972-75, helping lead OU to national...

  • Former Oklahoma State forward Darrell Williams signs with Belgian club Verviers-Pepinster

    Erik Horne | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams has signed a contract with Verviers-Pepinster of the Basketball League Belgium (BLB) Division I (Scooore! League), according to Texas A&M-Commerce's men's basketball program. Williams inks with Verviers-Pepinster Wolves in...


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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.