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  • Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy opens up about decision to burn Mason Rudolph's redshirt, Daxx Garman's departure and more on ESPN podcast

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy spent Wednesday afternoon in Bristol, Conn., for ESPN's Car Wash media tour. Gundy sat down with senior ESPN college football writer Ivan Maisel for a nine-minute podcast to discuss the decision to burn freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph's redshirt, the departure...

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Bill Hancock talks College Football Playoff's inaugural season, challenges

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the...

  • Is Central Michigan a landmine for OSU?

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Mike Gundy never has been to Mount Pleasant, Mich. That changes the first week of September, when his Cowboys open the 2015 season with a game against Central Michigan. Does that conjure shades of Troy? The 2007 OSU team played at Troy, in Troy, Ala., and lost 41-23 on a Friday night game....

  • Oklahoma State football: Projected starting defensive tackle Vili Leveni posts on Facebook he will miss 2015 season following surgery

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Oklahoma State sophomore defensive tackle Vili Leveni appears to be out for the 2015 season following surgery, according to a post on his Facebook page. Just saw this on OSU DL Vili Leveni's Facebook. Known this guy since HS, he'll be back stronger than ever. pic.twitter.com/8RRifKkfwK —...

  • 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....

  • VIDEO: Big 12 football's new contact rule not out to 'sissify' the game

    Mike Sherman | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    [brightcove]4364297937001[/brightcove] DALLAS -- In an exclusive interview with The Oklahoman's Berry Tramel, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the conference's new rule limiting contact during the season isn't an attempt to "sissify" football and may indeed be a competitive advantage....

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Live from Day One at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's college football podcast from Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the...

  • [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...

  • Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 hasn't discussed banning transfers with domestic violence and sexual assault histories

    Jason Kersey | Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    DALLAS — The Big 12 Conference has not discussed banning incoming transfers with histories of domestic violence or sexual assault, commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Monday morning at his media days news conference. The Southeastern Conference adopted a proposal stating schools can’t accept such...

  • The Non-Fiction Writers podcast: Previewing 2015 Big 12 Media Days

    Jason Kersey,Ryan Aber,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Welcome to the home of "The Non-Fiction Writers," NewsOK.com's OU football podcast from beat writers Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber. The podcast's name is a nod to legendary former OU football coach Barry Switzer, who has famously referred to reporters as "fiction writers." You can click on the...

  • 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...

  • 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...



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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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