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  • Oklahoma State basketball: Why buying out Travis Ford would've been completely irresponsible

    Berry Tramel | Updated: Tue, Mar 31, 2015

    Travis Ford’s fate is being debated by OSU athletic director, according to a report by our man John Helsley which you can read here, and it comes down to two decisions: Can OSU collect enough money to pay off Ford’s contract, which still has four years remaining and would cost more than $8...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys make two additions to strength and conditioning staff

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State announced the addition of two members to its football strength and conditioning staff Friday: Mark Smith and Anthony Hibbert. Both arrive at OSU after spending the past two seasons at Southern Miss under head coach Todd Monken — the Cowboys’ former offensive...

  • OSU Sports: Catching Up With Larry Reece

    John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A happy Friday began with a text message from Larry Reece. And the day quickly got happier. Reece, in Houston battling cancer at M.D. Anderson Hospital, checked in to provide an update to his bout with the Big C — you can read my previous story about his journey here. And the report from the […]

  • Oklahoma State wrestling Q&A: Alex Dieringer capped dominant junior season with second NCAA title

    Trent Shadid | Published: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Oklahoma State junior Alex Dieringer won his second consecutive NCAA title on March 21 in St. Louis. Dieringer dominated all season at 165 pounds, going 34-0 with 27 bonus-point wins, including 12 major decisions, 11 falls and 4 technical falls. His 14-7 win over Indiana’s Taylor Walsh in the...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys' season opener at Central Michigan moved to Thursday kickoff

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    STILLWATER — The 2015 Oklahoma State football season opener at Central Michigan has officially been moved from Sept. 5 to Sept. 3 — a Thursday kickoff. The scheduling change was announced by CMU in a February 27 news release, but hadn’t been confirmed by OSU until Wednesday, a team spokesman...

  • OSU-Oregon: Pregame Primer

    John Helsley | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    OSU and Oregon are coming up soon here at CenturyLink Center in Omaha where we’ve enjoyed a gorgeous day of 71 degrees and sunshine. Not at all what I expected when the Cowboys were placed in Omaha during the Selection Show on Sunday. But, obviously, I’ll take it. A few thoughts on the game,...

  • Day 2 in Omaha: Lots more basketball than Day 1

    Jenni Carlson | Updated: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    What a great day of basketball — and we didn’t even have any games Thursday here in Omaha. It was practice and press conference day for teams at this NCAA Tournament site. Teams involved with Friday’s early games went first, followed by the teams involved in the late games, which...

  • Media report: Tyreek Hill called police on girlfriend for verbal altercation the month before his arrest and felony charge of domestic abuse

    Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Former Oklahoma State running back Tyreek Hill was the caller who reported a verbal domestic dispute to Stillwater Police one month before he allegedly punched and choked his pregnant girlfriend, according to a report from the O’Colly. The call was not made in reference to Hill’s Dec. 11 arrest...

  • OSU Hoops: Does Travis Ford hate Christian Laettner?

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    ESPN aired its latest “30 for 30” offering – “I Hate Christian Laettner” on Sunday night. As always, this entry in the series was entertaining. The hatred for Duke’s Laettner, which still runs heavy today, was fascinating. And doesn’t Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford know. Literally. Ford was a...

  • OSU basketball: Long-distance take on Cowboys-Ducks from The Oregonian

    John Helsley | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    I exchanged emails with Tyson Alger, the Oregon basketball beat writer for The Oregonian, looking for some insight on the Ducks and their season. It’s something we often do as beat writers, rather than just relying on our view from afar. We each provided a take on our teams, heading into their...

  • NCAA Tournament: Sooners get an excellent draw

    Berry Tramel | Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    The NCAA basketball committee has a way of cutting the baby in half. OU wanted to go Omaha. Instead, OSU is going to Omaha. But if OSU can beat Oregon in a first-round game, top-seeded Wisconsin almost surely awaits. So the Sooners aren’t looking for any swaps. They’ll take Columbus. Let’s...

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball: ESPN projects Cowgirls as No. 10 seed in NCAA Tournament

    Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    STILLWATER – The Oklahoma State women’s basketball team will learn its NCAA Tournament seeding Monday. The Cowgirls (20-11, 9-9) will host a watch party to view ESPN’s selection show in the South Club of Boone Pickens Stadium. Fans can enter through Gate S1. Admission is free and doors open at...


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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.