John Helsley, OSU football and basketball beat writer
  • OSU football notebook: 'Trail of Tears' sign causes stir, apology

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, KYLE FREDRICKSON and BERRY TRAMEL | Published: Sat, Aug 30, 2014

    ESPN’s College GameDay has become must-see TV every Saturday during the college football season. And as much as the hosts own the show, the fans who show up on set, and their creative signs, have become a popular attraction, too. One sign Saturday went too far, however, as the GameDay crew...

  • Oklahoma State football: Mega-booster Boone Pickens says 'we need to do better on OU'

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, | Published: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    OSU FOOTBALL — Oklahoma State mega-booster Boone Pickens met with media in Arlington, Texas, prior to the Cowboys’ game vs. Florida State. Pickens said he’s happy with the state of the program except for the Cowboys’ lack of success vs. Oklahoma.

  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma State vs. Florida State

    staff reports | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Can the Cowboys challenge the defending national champion Florida State Seminoles? Follow our live coverage from pregame to postgame with John Helsley, Kyle Fredrickson and the NewsOK Sports staff.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Zac Veatch's future always loomed 'large'

    By John Helsley | Updated: Thu, Aug 28, 2014

    As a prep standout at Broken Arrow, Zac Veatch was known for his versatility. Yet it was always understood that Veatch would grow into an offensive lineman.

  • Oklahoma State football: Brandon Garrett returns to his house of horror

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    Garrett has recovered from a ‘tib-fib’ fracture just in time, oddly enough, to return to his own personal house of horror – AT&T Stadium for Saturday’s matchup with No. 1 Florida State.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys embrace challenge of facing Seminoles

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy called Florida State “as good a team as we’ve ever played.” During Gundy’s tenure, the list of opponents has included some hefty foes, including 2005 national champion Texas. FSU, of course, won the BCS title a year ago and is ranked No. 1 as the strong favorite to repeat, with 15...

  • Oklahoma State football : Stock report for Cowboys' quarterback J.W. Walsh

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    The stock report on J.W. Walsh has trended up and down. Bullish. Bearish. Mirrors his career, really, which has featured spiking highs and tumbling lows. A look at the best and worst of Walsh, so far: Best Of 2012 Louisiana-Lafayette: The Cowboys won 65-24, with Walsh entering for an...

  • Oklahoma State football: Is Mike Gundy having quarterback commitment issues again?

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    OSU FOOTBALL — Listen to Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy talk and you’d think J.W. Walsh is easily the Cowboys’ starter. So why hasn’t Gundy committed and named Walsh the man? It’s just not what Mike Gundy does.

  • OSU football: How the Cowboys' quarterback world turns

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, | Published: Tue, Aug 26, 2014

    Mike Gundy’s time at OSU has featured several quarterback turns and twists. And with Gundy hesitant to define the position entering this season – for real or perceived reasons – it’s possible we could be in for another wild ride. A look back at Gundy’s other QB quandaries: 2013: Remember...


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