• OSU Hoops: Recruiting Twisting, Turning

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 12, 2015

    Remember when it looked like the Cowboys had secured another big man for next season, Washington 6-10 transfer Jernard Jarreau? Apparently, that didn’t last long, as Jarreau seems to have flipped again, to Tulane, and says so in this report. Anybody for a forward instead? Providence transfer Tyler Harris is in Stillwater now, making a […]

  • OSU Basketball: Cowboys Add Big Man

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Any postseason examination of Oklahoma State’s basketball roster revealed an obvious need: big man. The Cowboys hope they’ve plugged the hole, gaining 6-10 post player Jernard Jarreau, a Washington transfer whom OSU hopes will be eligible immediately for the 2015-16 season, according to sources close to the program. Jarreau, who visited Stillwater over the weekend, […]

  • OSU needs standings help in Big 12 baseball

    John Helsley | Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Oklahoma State needs help. Standings help. The Cowboys keep winning Big 12 baseball series, six of seven so far, with West Virginia visiting Stillwater this weekend. They’ve enjoyed a strong run. And yet, TCU now controls the fate of the conference championship. No team has won more league games than the Cowboys, who sit 14-7 […]

  • OSU Baseball: Cowboys To Cut For Cancer

    John Helsley | Published: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    I was in Stillwater two years ago when Cowboys pitching coach Rob Walton sat down to have his head of flowing locks turned into stubble. For a good cause. The OSU baseball team will be at it again Tuesday night, following its mid-week game against Arkansas-Little Rock, with what is becoming an annual event: St. […]

  • OSU Baseball: Big Ending, Good Start

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    Monday night, Josh Holliday let us know it’s  “Go time” in college baseball. His Cowboys had just beaten Baylor to take their Big 12 series, keeping the club tied with Oklahoma atop the league standings. And Holliday deviated from his usual one-game-at-a-time mantra, glancing ahead at the rest of the week, which included a Tuesday clash […]

  • OSU Baseball: Cowboys Surging, Right On Time

    John Helsley | Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Back before the season started, Josh Holliday talked optimistically about who and what the Cowboys could be on the heels of a Big 12 championship season. Yet, he offered one caution: wait for it. OSU was opening with a three-game series at Arizona State and also playing more quality teams in the Big 12/Pac 12 […]

  • OSU Baseball: Early Morning Drama

    John Helsley | Updated: Sat, Apr 4, 2015

    In case you missed it, and surely almost everyone did, the Cowboys won Game 1 of a showdown series with Texas… At 1:51 a.m., Saturday. Game 2 is also Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., at least allowing both teams some time to recover and reload. And they’ll need it, after 18 innings, nearly seven hours, a […]

  • OSU Sports: Catching Up With Larry Reece

    John Helsley | Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A happy Friday began with a text message from Larry Reece. And the day quickly got happier. Reece, in Houston battling cancer at M.D. Anderson Hospital, checked in to provide an update to his bout with the Big C — you can read my previous story about his journey here. And the report from the […]

  • OSU-Oregon: Pregame Primer

    John Helsley | Published: Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    OSU and Oregon are coming up soon here at CenturyLink Center in Omaha where we’ve enjoyed a gorgeous day of 71 degrees and sunshine. Not at all what I expected when the Cowboys were placed in Omaha during the Selection Show on Sunday. But, obviously, I’ll take it. A few thoughts on the game, before […]

  • OSU Hoops: Does Travis Ford hate Christian Laettner?

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    ESPN aired its latest “30 for 30” offering – “I Hate Christian Laettner” on Sunday night. As always, this entry in the series was entertaining. The hatred for Duke’s Laettner, which still runs heavy today, was fascinating. And doesn’t Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford know. Literally. Ford was a sophomore backup playing minor minutes on […]

  • OSU basketball: Long-distance take on Cowboys-Ducks from The Oregonian

    John Helsley | Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    I exchanged emails with Tyson Alger, the Oregon basketball beat writer for The Oregonian, looking for some insight on the Ducks and their season. It’s something we often do as beat writers, rather than just relying on our view from afar. We each provided a take on our teams, heading into their NCAA Tournament matchup […]

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Five thoughts on the Cowboys' loss to West Virginia

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Published: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    So much for momentum. The Cowboys couldn’t maintain it Saturday, continually rallying and falling behind in an 81-72 loss at West Virginia.

  • OSU Hoops: Forte -- Phew!

    John Helsley | Published: Fri, Mar 6, 2015

    Nearly 15 minutes into Wednesday night’s win over TCU, Phil Forte was still scoreless. Scoreless for the game and scoreless for a span of 55:28 spanning three games. An eternity for Forte, Oklahoma State’s second-leading scorer. Finally, with 5:20 remaining in the first half against the Horned Frogs, Forte got free for a 3-pointer and […]

  • OSU Hoops: Nash Never Thought He'd Get Here

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    Le’Bryan Nash is a senior. Let that thought hang a minute, thinking back to Nash’s arrival at Oklahoma State and the almost foregone conclusion that he’d be a one-and-done. Even Nash experiences some disbelief in the notion that he’s still around, readying to go through Senior Night festivities tonight, before the Cowboys host TCU in […]

  • OSU basketball: Longhorn alert

    John Helsley | Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Oklahoma State doesn’t play until Wednesday night, and already, the week got a bit stickier for the Cowboys. Texas won Monday night in a wild overtime affair against Baylor that featured seven ejections and a Longhorns rally from 10 down with 6:38 left. And just like that, the Horns are back in the NCAA Tournament […]

  • OSU Baseball: Reunion, Of Sorts

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The Cowboys open the home portion of their season today against Missouri State at 4 p.m. Admission is free, by the way. It was supposed to open a 14-game homestand that would carry to mid-March and usher OSU into the Big 12 schedule. Except the weather isn’t cooperating, with cold and snow and the dreaded […]

  • OSU Hoops: Like Coach, Like Team...

    John Helsley | Published: Wed, Feb 11, 2015

    The Cowboys continue to talk about the chip on their shoulder; that added element players and teams can cultivate for motivation at times. That’s this team. That’s also Travis Ford. “That’s kind of my personality,” OSU’s coach said after his team’s 74-65 road win at Baylor Monday night. “And they hear me talk about that […]

  • OSU Football: Hoosiers CB Joining Cowboys

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    The Cowboys will continue a recent trend: the super senior. In a pre-signing day bit of news, Indiana cornerback Michael Hunter has announced he will be joining OSU following his graduation in May. GoPokes.com first reported the move. The Cowboys have benefitted from two such transfers the past two seasons Tyler Patmon arriving from Kansas […]

  • OSU Hoops: Cobbins Nominated For Senior CLASS Award

    John Helsley | Published: Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    OSU’s Michael Cobbins has been named one of 30 men’s basketball players being considered for the Senior CLASS Award. Cobbins is a fifth-year Cowboys senior. “I could go on and on about Michael Cobbins,” said Cowboys coach Travis Ford. “He is one of the most impressive people I have had the pleasure to coach. He […]

  • OSU Hoops: Cobbo On The Comeback?

    John Helsley | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Oklahoma State’s win over Baylor Tuesday night was huge, both for its impact on the Big 12 standings and NCAA Tournament hopes, and for how it played out. The Cowboys played with intensity throughout, produced on a strong game plan put in place by the coaching staff and got much-needed offensive contributions beyond the Big […]