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  • OSU football: What's in a name?

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    Since the Cowboys first started using J.W. Walsh in certain situations two years ago, fans and the media have tried applying tags to the package. We're consumed with naming things. Anyway, some have been good. Some have been clever. Some… not so much. A sampling: Power Walsh. The current...

  • OSU football: By any description, Cowboys backup QB a touchdown maker

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Thu, Oct 8, 2015

    In posting a 5-0 start, Oklahoma State has scored 22 offensive touchdowns. J.W. Walsh has thrown or run for six, despite limited exposure.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Report says Wickline suit to be settled

    By John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson and Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writers   | Published: Wed, Oct 7, 2015

    The settlement is expected to be roughly $300,000 and be completed by the end of the month, according to the report.

  • Oklahoma State football: Gamble pays off for linebacker Chad Whitener

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Oct 6, 2015

    Whitener’s jump to Oklahoma State came with no promises or guarantees of playing time or assistance, just an opportunity to walk-on with the Cowboys, all fees attached, although the hope of a more prosperous future clearly was evident.

  • Oklahoma State notebook: Cowboys confident heading to West Virginia

    By John Helsley and Darnell Mayberry, Staff Writers | Published: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    OSU is 2-0 in road games this season, winning at Central Michigan and Texas. But this figures to be the stiffest test yet. The Cowboys haven’t won in two previous visits to Morgantown

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy Press Conference

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Mon, Oct 5, 2015

    Follow along at noon for up-to-the-minute updates from OSU coach Mike Gundy weekly news conference from our football coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Oklahoma State football: Allfords give Nick Lozanovski a trip to remember | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    “Nick just caught our hearts when we read the story,” said John Allford, an OSU alum and Stillwater resident. “We both just looked at each other and said, ‘We’ve got to get that young man to Stillwater.’”

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys open practice with several questions

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer   | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    STILLWATER — Oklahoma State's 2014-2015 basketball season looked like a glass half full proposition on paper.   It just felt half empty.   The Cowboys were picked for eighth place in the Big 12, yet finished sixth and found their way into the NCAA Tournament, presumably...

  • OSU football notebook: Quarterback change doesn't hamper Kansas State

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Oct 3, 2015

    Kody Cook had done this before, shifting from wide receiver to quarterback to produce an inspiring performance. Back at community college. Three years ago. Now a fifth-year, former walk-on receiver for Kansas State, Cook moved back behind center Saturday when starter Joe Hubener was...


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.

John Helsley, OSU football and basketball beat writer