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  • OSU football: Cowboys playbook due to expand, but how much?

    By John Helsley | Published: Thu, Sep 24, 2015

    The playbook is due to expand, Cowboys offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich concurred this week, with an advancing schedule and more advanced opponents making more versatility a natural progression.

  • OSU football notebook: Cowboys focused on Texas' Jerrod Heard

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Wed, Sep 23, 2015

    The big news at Texas isn't the won-loss record, not at 1-2, but the excitement generated by young quarterback Jerrod Heard. In just his second start, Heard pumped juice into the Longhorns offense, posting the program's best single-game for total offense ever with 527 yards. The redshirt...

  • Oklahoma State football: Is there any chance of the Cowboys abandoning the run game?

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Sep 22, 2015

    OSU thrived through the air in its opening wins over Central Michigan and Central Arkansas, which sold out to stop the run, with Mason Rudolph throwing for a combined 667 yards and three touchdowns.

  • OSU football notebook: David Glidden continues to produce

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    The roll call of talented OSU receivers usually starts with Brandon Sheperd and James Washington and Marcell Ateman and Jhajuan Seales, eventually getting to David Glidden. Maybe it's time to make Glidden more prominent in the conversation. Through three games, Glidden leads the Cowboys with...

  • OSU basketball: Cowboys get 2nd commitment in 24 hours with addition of 6-7 Cameron McGriff

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, | Published: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    Oklahoma State's class of 2016 commitment list, a clean slate for the longest time, is quickly taking shape. In a span of 24 hours, Cowboys basketball coaches picked up two commits, the latest coming Monday from 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward Cameron McGriff. Sunday, 6-5 Florida shooting guard...

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy's Press Conference

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Sep 21, 2015

    It's Texas week for the Cowboys. Follow Mike Gundy's press conference at 1 p.m. with The Oklahoman and more from around the Web.

  • Oklahoma State men's hoops team gets first 2016 commitment

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    Thomas Dziagwa didn't need much convincing to commit to OSU basketball coach Travis Ford. Not much family discussion, either. “I guess when you know, you know,” said Dziagwa, a 6-foot-5 guard from Florida who gave the Cowboys his pledge following an official visit over the weekend. “I...

  • Raymond Taylor's hard work rewarded in Oklahoma State's victory

    By John Helsley Staff Writer | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    STILLWATER — Raymond Taylor chugged toward the end zone, arms churning, head bobbing, working to draw every ounce of speed from his body. It may have been late in Oklahoma State's 69-14 rout of UTSA, with the verdict long settled, yet it was crunch time for Taylor, a walk-on running back...

  • OSU football notebook: Up next for Cowboys is trip to Texas

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, | Published: Sat, Sep 19, 2015

    With Saturday's 69-14 victory over UTSA, Oklahoma State finished off its run through the nonconference schedule, a series of games involving Central Michigan, Central Arkansas and UTSA. All wins, by a combined score of 125-35. Things figure to get tougher next week: at Texas. “I like...


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