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  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy forsees new academic center as next facility upgrade

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State football branded itself as a facilities juggernaut with multi-million dollar projects to renovate Boone Pickens Stadium in 2009 and construct the Sherman E. Smith Indoor Training Center in 2013. But if you're not constantly building in the nationwide facilities...

  • Oklahoma State football: UTSA to hire quality control coach Eric Henderson as defensive line coach

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive quality control coach Eric Henderson will be hired as on staff at UTSA, according to FootballScoop.com. Henderson, who joined the program in 2013 as a graduate assistant, was among the key forces in establishing a southeastern recruiting pipeline to OSU....

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy pleased with defensive line depth entering 2016

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Tue, Jan 19, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State enters the 2016 season without both its starting defensive ends from a season ago, but don't expect much panic from coach Mike Gundy. It's unknown if the Cowboys' four sophomore-to-be defensive ends — Jarrell Owens, Jordan Brailford, Trey Carter and Cole...

  • OSU Hoops: Evans Grabs Big 12 Newcomer of the Week

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Jan 18, 2016

    Jawun Evans made Bedlam interesting, even in defeat. On the strength of his 42-point outing against Oklahoma -- the third-best scoring game in Oklahoma State history and the best ever by a freshman -- Evans was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week on Monday. Evans' Bedlam performance was...

  • Report: Officials considering new contract for Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy is believed to potentially receive a new contract or a contact extension, according to The Tulsa World. Gundy, who enters his 12th season as head coach in 2016, has four years remaining on the eight-year and more than $29-million contract he signed...

  • Oklahoma State football: Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer tweets excitement for upcoming recruiting weekend

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer made his first public statement late Thursday since reportedly interviewing and becoming a finalist for the UTSA head coaching vacancy filled by LSU assistant Frank Wilson. I can't wait for a great weekend and finish this...

  • OSU Football: Ogbah No. 31, With A Bullet?

    john helsley | Updated: Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    Mel Kiper's first mock draft for the 2016 NFL Draft is up and running here at ESPN.com (insider subscription required). OSU fans will have to scroll down, way down, to find Emmanuel Ogbah, who opted to forego his senior season with the Cowboys to jump to the NFL. Ogbah fills Kiper's final...

  • Bosworth, Barry, Verplank among 2016 class of Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Thu, Jan 14, 2016

    The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced its 2016 induction class Thursday. Headlining this year’s class are sportscaster Bob Barry Jr., Oklahoma football legend Brian Bosworth and Oklahoma State golfing great Scott Verplank. Also in the class are pole vaulter Joe Dial, pro angler Jimmy...

  • Media report: Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer interviews for UTSA head coaching vacancy

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Wed, Jan 13, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer is a candidate for the head coaching vacancy at UTSA and interviewed for the position Wednesday, according to media reports.  FOX Sports writer Bruce Feldman broke the news on Twitter. Footballscoop.com went on to report...

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy supports linebacker Seth Jacobs' decision to retire from football

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was met with mixed emotions last week when junior linebacker Seth Jacobs announced he was retiring from football with chronic shoulder and neck injuries. Of course, Gundy would love to return a weakside linebacker next season with 26-consecutive...

  • Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy remains high on running back Jeff Carr's potential

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sat, Jan 9, 2016

    STILLWATER — Mike Gundy could hardly contain his excitement last February when Oklahoma State snagged a last-minute signature from a shifty tailback to complete the Cowboys’ 2015 recruiting class: 5-foot-7, 168-pound, Jeff Carr from Temple, Texas. “I’m as excited as I’ve ever been about a...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys get verbal commitment from 2017 safety Ty Thomas

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Fri, Jan 8, 2016

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State secured the lone verbal commitment of its current 2017 recruiting class on Friday. Ty Thomas — a 5-foot-11, 195-pound  safety from Cooper High School (Lubbock, Texas) — made his decision public on Twitter. Extremely blessed to announce that I am officially...



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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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