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  • OSU Hoops: Thoughts On Vegas Title Win

    John Helsley | Published: Thu, Nov 27, 2014

    Thoughts from Oklahoma State’s 73-58 win over Tulsa Wednesday night in Las Vegas, where the Cowboys improved to 6-0 in winning the championship of the MGM Grand Main Event. After a spurt midway through the first half, OSU took control in a game that was never close after that, with the Cowboys...

  • OSU Hoops: Thoughts on Cowboys Win In Vegas

    John Helsley | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Thoughts from Oklahoma State’s 66-53 win over Oregon State Monday night in Las Vegas, where the Cowboys improved to 5-0 and advanced to the championship game Wednesday night. * Still D’ing Up. OSU’s defense continues to look legit. The Cowboys flipped the switch on this win with defense, turning...

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says Florida job speculation is not a distraction

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Mike Gundy made his weekly appearance on SiriusXM College Sports Nation radio with hosts Jack Arute on Monday and was asked whether reports he’s connected to the job opening at Florida are a distraction. “I really don’t think the players pay any attention at all to that,” Gundy said. “There’s so...

  • Oklahoma State football: Freshman cornerback Ramon Richards finds redemption against Baylor

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    On the third play of Baylor’s second drive Saturday night, Bears’ wideout Corey Coleman burned Oklahoma State cornerback Ramon Richards on a double-move and hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass. Coleman had a few words for the freshman afterword, too. Baylor led 14-0 less than three minutes into...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboy coaches on the decision to burn Mason Rudolph's redshirt in game 11

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Nov 24, 2014

    Mike Gundy pulled the redshirt off freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph in Oklahoma State’s 11th game. How tough was that decision? Gundy wouldn’t tell Saturday night following the Cowboys’ 49-28 loss to Baylor in Waco, saying, “We did what we thought was best for our team.” Offensive coordinator...

  • Postgame roundup: Baylor 49, Oklahoma State 28

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sun, Nov 23, 2014

    WACO, Texas — Shortly after Oklahoma State fell 49-28 to Baylor and postgame interviews in the depths of McLane Stadium were complete, Berry Tramel made an interesting comparison. Mike Gundy to former NBA All-Star  Rasheed Wallace. Confused? I don’t blame you. But Berry makes a good point....

  • Halftime notes: Baylor 28, Oklahoma State 14

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    (McLane Stadium before kickoff) WACO, Texas — Another week. Another early hole for Oklahoma State. A few halftime thoughts as the rain has died down at McLane Stadium. THE MASON RUDOLPH ERA BEGINS In Daxx Garman’s absence (concussion symptoms), OSU coach Mike Gundy chose the freshman-in-waiting...

  • Oklahoma State football: Everything you need to know about Mason Rudolph before his first start

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    WACO, Texas — If Cowboy Radio Network’s Dave Hunziker is correct, freshman Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph will make his first-career start tonight against Baylor. His bio on the OSU athletics website: . . And here’s everything else you need to know about the Rudolph, courtesy of The...

  • Media report: Freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph 'likely' to start against Baylor

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    WACO, Texas — Freshman Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph is “likely” to start against Baylor tonight, according the Cowboy Radio Network’s Dave Hunziker. Rudolph — a 6-foot-4, 217-pound, four-star recruit from Rock Hill, S.C., who ran a wide-open spread offense in high school — is two...

  • Pregame primer: Six must-read stories before Oklahoma State faces Baylor

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Sat, Nov 22, 2014

    WACO, Texas — Over the past few years, there hasn’t been much of a need for Mike Gundy to coach spirit and attitude. Players don’t hang their heads often when you’re consistently among the Big 12’s best. But as Oklahoma State enters tonight’s matchup with Baylor amid a four-game skid, it’s become...

  • Oklahoma State football: 2015 cornerback Jaylon Lane says he's no longer committed to OSU following arrest

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    Jaylon Lane, a cornerback from Nacogdoches High School (Texas) who gave Oklahoma State a verbal commitment in May, announced on Twitter Friday that he is no longer committed to the Cowboys. The post came a day after he was arrested on one felony complaint and two misdemeanor complaints related to...

  • Oklahoma sports fans: What are you thankful for in your sports world?

    Jenni Carlson | Published: Fri, Nov 21, 2014

    If you’re a sports fan in Oklahoma, you know that times are rough. OU and OSU football are down. The Thunder is struggling. But Thanksgiving is coming, so we’re looking for things in your sports world for which you’re still thankful. Could be funny. Could be serious. Send your thoughts to Jenni...


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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.