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  • 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.

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy's Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Cowboys are off this week, but Mike Gundy addresses the media on the Cowboys' win over UTSA and previews OSU's matchup with Texas Tech. Watch the press conference and follow our live coverage here at 12:30 p.m.

  • Oklahoma State football: A back for all reasons

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Sep 17, 2014

    The Cowboys are approaching running back by committee

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Desmond Roland becoming Mr. TD

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Sep 15, 2014

    Since taking over as the primary running back midway through last year, Roland has 14 rushing touchdowns.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys offense in search of balance

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    To succeed in the weeks and months ahead, against better Big 12 defenses, OSU must be able to run. And run between the tackles.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys go deep in win over UTSA

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    OSU 43, UTSA 13 — Quarterback Daxx Garman completed only 16 of 30 passes, but

  • OSU football: Desmond Roland reemerges in Cowboys' run game

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    OSU 43, UTSA 13 — Oklahoma State running back Desmond Roland returned to the Cowboys lineup Saturday vs. UT-San Antonio and pumped some life into the team’s running game.



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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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