John Helsley, OSU football and basketball beat writer
  • OSU football camp ready for opening day

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State begins preseason practices Tuesday, earlier than most of the nation’s teams due to their Sept. 3 season opener at Central Michigan. Dates to know First day of practice: Tuesday Media/Fan Day: Saturday Season opener: Sept. 3 at Central Michigan Last season Record: 7-6...

  • OSU football: Cowboys' secondary now primary in talent, depth

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    STILLWATER — The Cowboys return six — count ’em, six — starters in the secondary. And, no, Oklahoma State hasn’t switched to some 3-2-6 defensive alignment in the giddy aftermath of last December. Yet through returning regulars from the final 2014 depth chart, one player returning from...

  • OSU football notebook: Glenn Spencer challenges defensive line

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    There’s a call to fill the holes left by departed seniors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau at the tackle spots. And there’s a louder call from defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer for everyone along the front, Ogbah and fellow end starter Jimmy Bean included, to compete.

  • Oklahoma State football: Talent, depth make WR a major asset for Cowboys

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Three starters appear to be set: Brandon Sheperd, who came on late last season as a dominant presence; David Glidden, the man of the reliable hands who led last year’s squad with 42 catches; and James Washington, whose six touchdowns a year ago ranked fourth nationally among true freshmen. Beyond...

  • Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame: Pat Smith's drive, determination led to greatness

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    After romping unbeaten to three state championships at Del City High, Smith forced his way into the lineup at OSU and kept dominating, closing his collegiate career with a school-record 98 straight wins and four titles.

  • Oklahoma State football: All eyes fixed on Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The small sample sure was impressive, with Rudolph directing Bedlam and bowl wins and pumping optimism into 2015 as perhaps the Big 12’s most intriguing quarterback.

  • OSU football notebook: Rudolph's influence growing among players, coaches

    BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Rudolph played solid in a 49-28 loss at Baylor, then quarterbacked OSU to a 38-35 overtime upset win at OU, followed by a 30-22 Cactus Bowl victory over Washington. That convinced Gundy to name Rudolph the starter despite the presence of veteran J.W. Walsh on the roster.

  • OSU football: Cowboys lose defensive tackle Leveni to injury

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Vili Leveni, pegged to start at defensive tackle, suffered a torn Achilles during summer conditioning work and will miss the upcoming season.

  • Big 12 Media Days: Conference takes lead in enhancing player safety

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    At the collegiate level, the Big 12 assumes a lead on the topic of safety with this rule, which takes effect immediately for the 2015 season. The current NCAA model allows three contact practices in a week. A contact practice is defined as one where players are tackled to the ground. So “thud”...



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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.


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