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  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys value Desmond Roland's ruggedness

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Tyreek Hill brings the speed, Rennie Childs the slash and Desmond Roland the force. While Hill and Childs represent an exciting newness to the position, Roland’s reliable rugged running won’t be overlooked by Cowboys coaches.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    staff reports | Updated: 20 hr ago

    The Cowboys are back on the field this week against Texas Tech, and OSU writer John Helsley is getting your ready on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m. Get your questions in here on Oklahoma State football.

  • Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech: How two schools have fared with alums as head coaches

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Among the 125 FBS programs this season, 12 are led by alums, or 9.6 percent; hardly numbers suggesting faith in bringing back favorite sons. OSU and Texas Tech, with Kliff Kingsbury in charge, are two programs that have pinned their futures to their pasts.

  • College football: A closer look at the 12 head coaches currrently working for their alma mater

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Twelve FBS schools currently employ alums as their head coaches: Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech, 224-109-2: Beamer is the dean of this group, by far, and his sustained success at an off-the-beaten-path school has dictated this extended run. Mike Gundy, OSU, 79-39: The Cowboys are enjoying the...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys roll with QB changes

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    With each change – from Wes Lunt to J.W. Walsh to Clint Chelf, back to Walsh and then back to Chelf, to Walsh and now Daxx Garman – the transition has gone smoothly inside the locker room, which shouldn’t be underestimated.

  • Up next for Oklahoma State football: Scouting Texas Tech

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Kliff Kingsbury’s Red Raiders are 2-1 and coming off a 49-28 loss to Arkansas in their last game.

  • OSU football: Texas Tech offers renewed focus

    John Helsley | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    For months, and then intensely in August, Oklahoma State focused on the season opener against Florida State. That’s a lot of Seminoles talk. Finally, the Cowboys can refocus. After two out-of-the-spotlight games and an off week, OSU enters Big 12 play next Thursday against Texas Tech. And it’s a...

  • OSU Football: Tech Offers New Focus

    John Helsley | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    For months, and then intensely in August, Oklahoma State focused on the season opener against Florida State. That’s a lot of Seminoles talk. Finally, the Cowboys can refocus. After two out-of-the-spotlight games and an off week, OSU enters Big 12 play next Thursday against Texas Tech. And it’s a...

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy using current events to educate players

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Thu, Sep 18, 2014

    Coach Mike Gundy is using the headlines to help his continuing education efforts. Gundy said he’s regularly involved the university’s legal department to stress issues, including the difference between the due process of the criminal system, and student conduct codes.



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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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