• OSU Football: Cowboys Beat The Heat In Texas

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Sep 30, 2015

    OSU’s enhanced depth played role in Saturday’s 30-27 win at Texas, where the temperature on the field was reported to be as high as 128 degrees. The Cowboys substituted freely, although the heat was still felt. “It was ridiculous,” said linebacker Ryan Simmons. “I was cotton-mouthed the whole game. My lips were so dry. The sun was constantly beaming on my lips, and I’m constantly trying to bring saliva. “It’s like you’re evaporating every time you get some water on you. It was ridiculously hot.” Still, the Cowboys pushed through, especially on defense in a dominant second half.

  • OSU Football: Glidden Keeps Producing

    john helsley | Updated: 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 move Glidden more prominent in the conversation. Through three games, Glidden leads the Cowboys with 12 receptions, 283 yards, three touchdowns and a 23.6 yards-per-catch average. He also owns six of the offense’s 11 longest play from scrimmage, including a 67-yard scoring catch against Central Arkansas that stands as the longest this season – all from the slot. Glidden, a senior from Mustang, has scored a touchdown in all three games. And the Cowboys will continue to look his way.

  • OSU Football: Keeping Poker Face Important

    john helsley | Updated: Thu, Sep 17, 2015

    OSU’s running game remains a work in progress. Open holes have been rare through two games, resulting in an average of 158.5 yards per game – a number that ranks No. 82 nationally. Still, the Cowboys say, they’re all in it together. The emphasis is on being supportive, not destructive. “As a running back,” said Rennie Childs, “you can’t just get on your offensive line and yell at them and stuff. That’s not a good way to get at them. “You have to have a good poker face and let them know everything’s going to be all right.” That philosophy is pressed from the top down and sold as a vital piece of the culture at OSU.

  • OSU football: Can Cowboys strike deep?

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Sep 15, 2015

    UTSA, while 0-2, has been in both of its losses, even last week in a 30-3 setback to Kansas State, which led just 13-3 after three quarters. One fatal flaw for the Roadrunners in each loss: the big play. UTSA has already allowed 11 explosive plays – plays of 20 yards or longer – including nine via the pass, likely a reflection of a secondary that features six freshmen or sophomores on the two-deep. “Definitely, I’m concerned about it,” said UTSA coach Larry Coker. The big plays have led to eight scoring drives for opponents, including five touchdowns. Now the Roadrunners get OSU, which has 11 players who have already produced at least

  • OSU Hoops: Cowboys Hosting Prospect

    john helsley | Updated: Sat, Sep 12, 2015

    Basketball season isn’t far off. Really, it isn’t. The Cowboys are already working loosely, with official practices beginning next month and the season opener set for Nov. 13 (Tennessee-Martin inside Gallagher-Iba Arena). Basketball recruiting season never ends. And this weekend could be an important weekend for OSU hoops, with one prominent prospect in for a visit. Cameron McGriff, a four-star prospect, is on an official visit to Stillwater, where things should be hopping with the football home opener.

  • OSU Football: The Power Walsh?

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Sep 9, 2015

    Two years ago, J.W. Walsh offered something special in a run-oriented quarterback package as the backup to Clint Chelf. As Walsh thrived in his moments, fans and those in the media offered ideas to name the package, with “The Walshing Package” becoming most popular. With Walsh in a similar role this season, he’s already made an impact, scoring OSU’s first touchdown in the opening win at Central Michigan, entering on a third-and-goal play and running in from the 1. And now, there’s a movement to provide a new name for the package, something more dynamic. “The Power Walsh” has emerged

  • OSU Football: DTs Hold Their Own

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Sep 7, 2015

    With the loss of seniors James Castleman and Ofa Hautau, the defensive tackle spots fell into focus as an area of concern entering the season. OSU’s new tackles alleviated much concern in the opener. Vincent Taylor and Darrion Daniels combined for eight tackles, helping plug the middle in a strong effort against a Central Michigan running game limited to 2.8 yards per rush. They also helped pressure the passer, with a combined 1 1/2 sacks and 1 quarterback hurry. “I knew Vincent could ball,” said Cowboys defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, “so I kind of knew that he was going to do all that. I know Darrion can step up when he needs to.

  • The Oklahoman's 2015 OSU football predictions

    Berry Tramel,Jenni Carlson,john helsley,Kyle Fredrickson | Updated: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    As Oklahoma State prepares to take on Central Michigan in the season opener, The Oklahoman’s college football coverage team shared its picks for the Cowboys' season. Who will be the Cowboys' MVP? * Kyle Fredrickson, OSU beat writer: QB Mason Rudolph – It’s no coincidence the Cowboys’ incredible turnaround last season took place just as Rudolph took over as the starting quarterback. * John Helsley, OSU beat writer: Rudolph – His impact on last year’s team was immediate and remarkable.

  • OSU Football: Spencer Defines Speed Differently

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Defensive expectations are rising at Oklahoma State. And one major reason seems to be attached to across-the-board speed. Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, however, shrugs. “It seems like we say that every year, ‘You guys can really run this year,’” Spencer said. Speed on its own, Spencer said, can be overrated. “I’ve been around some very fast people who had great speed,” he said, “but I haven’t been pleased with how they get to the football.” That kind of speed – to the football speed – is what Spencer seeks. And many insiders believe the Cowboys have that, too, at

  • Oklahoma State football: Central Michigan seeking playmakers at receiver

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    Central Michigan enters Thursday’s game against OSU with an accomplished quarterback in Cooper Rush, who threw for 3,157 yards and 27 touchdowns a year ago, while completing 63.6 percent of his passes. For Rush, this preseason has involved identifying new top targets. Titus Davis, who hauled in 13 of Rush’s touchdown tosses and led the team with 980 receiving yards a year ago, has moved on to the NFL. The Chippewas also lost tight end Deon Butler, the team’s third-leading receiver. Junior wideout and starter Jesse Kroll caught 36 passes for 582 yards and four TDs last season, all highs among returning receivers.

  • OSU football: Kevin Peterson good to go

    john helsley | Updated: Thu, Aug 27, 2015

    Cowboys senior Kevin Peterson found himself in a familiar spot Thursday: atop the first official depth chart at cornerback. Good to fill that spot, too, Peterson said, having undergone minor knee surgery earlier this preseason. “I’m glad it happened so early,” Peterson said in declaring himself fit for the season opener next Thursday at Central Michigan. “Now it’s out of the way and I can look forward to doing everything I have to do with the team.” Peterson said he took managed his brief time away from practices with a focus on returning quickly. “I took it upon myself to make sure it wasn’t going to linger into the season

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys chasing top TE prospect Isaac Nauta

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Aug 25, 2015

    News of OSU's new "Cowboy Back" position is traveling. All the way to Florida, where the nation's top tight end prospect -- Isaac Nauta -- is intrigued to see how the position plays out this season. Once a Florida State commitment, the consensus five-star prospect has reopened his recruitment and recently tweeted his list of official visits: Georgia, Michigan, Southern Cal and TCU, with a series of question marks and exclamations attached to visit No. 5. Apparently, OSU is in consideration for Nauta's fifth visit, along with Alabama, Ole Miss and Oregon. And Cowboys coach Mike Gundy is personally involved in Nauta's pursuit.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Bill Grier now officially on Cowboys' staff

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    News broke last week about the addition of Bill Grier to Travis Ford’s basketball staff at OSU. Yet with paperwork still to be completed, an announcement from the school was delayed until Monday. Now it’s official, Grier, the former head coach at San Diego University, is joining the Cowboys, who had an opening after Steve Ferguson left to join Mark Price at Charlotte. Grier went 117-144 in eight seasons at San Diego. Previously, he worked as an assistant from 1992-2007 at Gonzaga. From Ford: “I’ve gotten to know Bill through our Nike family retreats over the years, and I couldn’t be more excited to have someone with such an impressive reputation and coaching resume

  • Oklahoma State football: Safeties in crosshairs in opener against Central Michigan

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Aug 19, 2015

    OSU safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt expects Central Michigan to pound the running game in the road opener Sept. 3, despite the potential for change under a new head coach. That puts Hammerschmidt’s safeties in the crosshairs. “We have to be physical, especially in that first game,” Hammerschmidt said. “They’re going to come out hard if they do what they did last year. In smash-mouth football, if you’re a safety or linebacker, you’ve got to be able to taken on a block, come off a block and make a tackle. “We’re going to make plays on balls and things like that when it’s time, but people are

  • OSU football: Former Muskogee standout Tramal Ivy commits to Cowboys

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Aug 18, 2015

    Tramal Ivy didn’t need long to pull the trigger on a commitment to Oklahoma State. One day. The former Muskogee standout, now a defensive end at Butler County Community College in Kansas, was offered by the Cowboys on Monday and he committed on Tuesday. “I was really waiting to hear from Oklahoma State,” Ivy told GoPokes.com. “When (defensive line coach) Joe Bob Clements called me the day before, my heart almost stopped. My mom and I had talked and both felt if Oklahoma State offered, I need to commit on the spot. I didn’t wait long.” Entering his senior year at Muskogee, Ivy ranked No. 10 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting list.

  • OSU Football: Defense Speeding Toward Opener

    Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, never one to sound satisfied, clicks off his unit's To Do List for the early stages of camp. "There's a lot," Spencer said Wednesday, OSU's second day of preseason practicing. "There's alignment, assignment, there's takeoff, there's eyes, there's reads. "It's a lot." Yet with an experienced group, Spencer said he'll be pushing the pace on the learning. "We're installing it fast because we have an older group. So we're not taking our time. We've got a lot we want to accomplish. Today was (in) shorts, so it's more of an effort day. There was no tackling. "Go in some pads tomorrow and now we'll start

  • OSU Football: Has Oklahoma State become Transfer U?

    Mike Sherman,john helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Two seasons ago it was Tyler Patmon, a Kansas defensive back. Last year it was Josh Furman from Michigan. This year Oklahoma State has two transfers from BCS schools, including a starting cornerback from the Big Ten, ready to contribute.  The Oklahoman's OSU beat writer John Helsley talks with sports editor Mike Sherman about how OSU became a transfer haven, and what recent transfers Michael Hunter and Chad Whitener could do for the Cowboy defense in 2015.

  • OSU Wrestling: Oklahoma Sports Hall of Famer Pat Smith on getting pinned in his first collegiate match

    By John Helsley | Updated: Mon, Aug 3, 2015

    Former Cowboys great Pat Smith enters the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame tonight. I wrote a story in advance of his induction last week and you can read it here. I truly enjoyed talking to Pat, who must rank as one of the elite few collegiate wrestlers in OSU's illustrious history. He is the school's only four-time NCAA champ and started his string by winning as a true freshman, a very difficult feat. He closed his career on a 98-match winning streak. Pat's greatest assets -- work ethic and confidence -- really came through in my conversation with him.

  • Oklahoma State baseball adds six transfers

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    Oklahoma State's recent recruiting classes have been high-ranked and productive. Josh Holliday's latest class could offer immediate impact, too, with the program announcing the addition of six junior college transfers, including Garrett Benge, a former Yukon High standout who was named NJCAA Division I Player of the Year this past season. Benge, an infielder, is one of three players coming to the Cowboys after their freshmen years at junior college. “When you look at this particular group of transfers, what really sticks out for me is the statistical success that some of them have had, as well as having been parts of big-time winning teams,” Holliday said.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: 2016 guard Tre Evans decommits

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Tre Evans announced, via Twitter, that he's no longer committed to Oklahoma State, saying that "My family and I have decided the best thing for me and my future is to reopen my recruiting." The guard, a senior to be, committed to the Cowboys in October and stood as OSU's lone commitment for the class of 2016. Back in October, Evans seemed sold on the Cowboys and their style of play, which he considered a fit for his own fast-paced play. “Ever since they offered me, I felt like our communication has been great," Evans told The Oklahoman at the time. "I felt like they needed me. I wasn’t just some other recruit. Then when I went on my visit last Friday, it just felt like home. It was a family