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  • Live Coverage: Oklahoma at Oklahoma State

    From Staff Reports | Updated: Sat, Nov 28, 2015

    It's finally here. Bedlam! This year's game is a big one, as the Big 12 title and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff is on the line. Follow up-to-the-minute-updates on tonight's showdown from our Thunder coverage team and more from around the web.

  • Bedlam football: A look at Bedlam homewreckers through the years

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    STILLWATER – The Cowboys and Sooners stand strong at home, holding overwhelming advantages in their own stadiums this millennium. Except when it comes to Bedlam. Since 2000, the home team has lost eight times, with OU claiming six wins in Stillwater and OSU prevailing twice in Norman. Most...

  • OSU football journal: Cowboys still seeking mix of run and pass

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, | Published: Fri, Nov 27, 2015

    Oklahoma State's search for offensive balance has shifted and differed as this season has progressed, with creativity necessary to offset a pedestrian running game. The Cowboys have gone unconventional in trying to goose the running game, utilizing receivers as rushers and inserting...

  • OSU basketball: Olivier providing post presence for Pokes

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Nov 26, 2015

    STILLWATER – When Chris Olivier visited Oklahoma State in his search for a final season of college basketball, Cowboys coach Travis Ford plugged in a tape as a selling point. The subject: Marshall Moses. “When I was on my visit, Coach Ford showed me some clips of him and how they ran some...

  • Oklahoma State football: Previewing Saturday's Senior Day honorees

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Along with the high-stakes and high-intensity of Bedlam 2015, Saturday is Senior Day for the Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium. OSU will recognize 17 seniors:

  • Oklahoma State football: Why the 2015 Cowboys are J.W. Walsh's team

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Nov 25, 2015

    Saturday’s Senior Day sendoff that precedes Bedlam features Walsh as the face of a senior class that has ridden a wave of ups and downs.

  • Oklahoma State football: Another week, another major challenge

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Saturday’s game against Oklahoma will go a long way toward determining how the November 2015 will be recalled in Stillwater.

  • OSU football journal: J.W. Walsh would relish a sixth year of eligibility

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Nov 24, 2015

    Walsh and the Cowboys are likely to petition the NCAA for a sixth year waiver, due to hardship from injury. Walsh was hurt in OSU’s second game of 2014 and missed the rest of the season, which would be the basis of any appeal.

  • OSU football: Big-time game vs. Baylor brings out big-time recruits

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, | Updated: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Oklahoma State's home schedule offered plenty of attractive options for fans, with Saturday's game vs. Baylor just the latest. Attractive for recruits, too. reported the Cowboys were expecting 100 prospects, including one intriguing junior college player in on an official...


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