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  • OSU football: David Glidden explains what it's like to be THAT open

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

    STILLWATER – David Glidden broke into the Florida State secondary and found himself alone. All alone. “I’m not sure I’ve ever been that wide open in my life,” Glidden said. Glidden had but once concern – catch the ball. And when you’re that wide open, it’s a concern. “Sometimes those...

  • Power Lunch: Chat with OSU writer John Helsley

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Fri, Sep 5, 2014

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  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys ready to move on

    By Kyle Fredrickson and John Helsley | Published: Thu, Sep 4, 2014

    As a huge underdog, Oklahoma State pushed top-ranked Florida State to the end in Saturday’s season opener before eventually losing 37-31. Afterward, the feel-good vibe for what was nearly accomplished was recognizable from various angles: friends, family, fellow students and even the media....

  • Oklahoma State football: Young Cowboys benefited from summer program

    By John Helsley | Published: Wed, Sep 3, 2014

    For all the concern about Oklahoma State’s youth and inexperience going into the season opener, a lot of players new to major roles held up well against Florida State. A rebuilt offensive line played well, and sophomores Seth Jacobs and Jordan Sterns led the team in tackles. Cowboys coach...

  • Oklahoma State football: Introducing Emmanuel Ogbah

    By John Helsley | Published: Tue, Sep 2, 2014

    The defensive end’s breakout game against Florida State serves notice that he’s here to play on the big stage.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: In defeat, Cowboys gain momentum

    By John Helsley | Published: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Immediately following the game, many of the Cowboys took to Twitter, signaling pride in their effort of a 37-31 close call.

  • Live Coverage: Mike Gundy's Press Conference

    staff reports | Updated: Mon, Sep 1, 2014

    Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy addresses the media following a strong Week 1 effort against Florida State. Follow our live coverage, presented by Bob Moore Kia of Edmond, at 1 p.m.

  • Up next for Oklahoma State football: Scouting Missouri State

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    OKLAHOMA STATE VS. MISSOURI STATE When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Boone Pickens Stadium, Stillwater TV: Fox College Sports Central (Cox 271, DirecTV 617, U-verse 647) Radio: Cowboys Radio Network (KXXY-FM 96.1) Scouting Missouri State Record: 1-0, beat Northwestern State (La.) 34-27...

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys did not fear Florida State

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Aug 31, 2014

    Maybe, just maybe, these youthful Cowboys won’t be taking that anticipated step back. They certainly didn’t Saturday night, not even after falling behind 17-0. Not ever, pushing and fighting to the end of the 37-31 loss.



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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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