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.


  • Oklahoma State football: Glenn Spencer's defense not ready for Jameis Winston and 'Noles — yet

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    Spencer has already been doing some thinking on the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, the quarterback and trigger man at defending national champion Florida State, which is first up for Spencer’s in-transition defense to start the season.

  • Big 12 football: Some familiar faces in new places

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Joe Wickline is now at Texas, and Mark Mangino is at Iowa State. Both assistants could make big impacts at their new schools.

  • Power Lunch: Chat Big 12 with John Helsley

    john helsley | Updated: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Oklahoma State writer John Helsley is talking football live from Dallas at Big 12 Media Days. Questions about the Cowboys, Sooners and the rest of the Big 12? Get them in now.

  • Oklahoma State football notebook: Quarterback competition still on?

    By John Helsley and Kyle Fredrickson | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Mike Gundy even hinted at a plan for multiple quarterbacks, which puts junior Daxx Garman and freshman Mason Rudolph in play.

  • Oklahoma State football: Cowboys feel good about young receiving corps

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    Inside the program optimism builds for multiple breakout candidates, particularly at receiver, where a group of young playmakers are stacked up in anticipation of opportunity that is now readily available.

  • OSU football: Mike Gundy addresses media on Devon Thomas, Florida State and 10 years as Cowboys coach

    john helsley | Updated: Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    DALLAS – Oklahoma State’s rebuilding football team will enter as a significant underdog in the opener against defending national champion Florida State. What does that mean for the Cowboys? Motivation. Monday at Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, OSU coach Mike Gundy confirmed the challenge in taking on the Seminoles down the road in Arlington on Aug. 30. Welcomed it, too, even with the task of replacing 28 seniors and more. “It's going to be a big challenge for our team, but they're very excited,” Gundy said. “One advantage to an opener against a very good football team, much less the national champion and returning Heisman Trophy winner, is motivation is there. “They've worked

  • Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers make their Big 12 picks

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    There’s no disagreement at the top of the conference as every one of The Oklahoman’s college football writers pick Oklahoma to win the league and Baylor to finish second. Here’s the reasoning and the picks for the rest of the league in 2014.

  • Big 12 football: The Oklahoman writers' preseason Big 12 player of the year selections

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Our college football writers make their selections for the Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

  • Big 12 football: Oklahoman writers offer up three bold predictions for the season

    From Staff Reports | Published: Sun, Jul 20, 2014

    Three bold predictions for the 2014 season: Ryan Aber OU Beat Writer 1. Oklahoma State knocks off Oklahoma, Baylor or Texas during what should be a rebuilding year for the Cowboys. 2. Outside of Dimitri Flowers, who was with the Sooners for spring practice, Michiah Quick becomes OU’s most impactful newcomer. 3. Two league coaches are fired after the season. Jason Kersey OU Beat Writer 1. Iowa State ends the regular season on a three-game winning streak, saving Paul Rhoads’ job for another year. 2. Sophomore Keith Ford becomes Oklahoma’s first 1,000-yard rusher since DeMarco Murray in 2010. 3. Texas drops two of its first three games, losing at home to BYU and to UCLA in

  • OSU Hoops: Big News Monday

    John Helsley | Updated: Mon, Jun 16, 2014

    Anthony Hickey’s transfer to Oklahoma State cleared its final hurdle Monday, with the NCAA granting Hickey’s waiver to become immediately eligible for the Cowboys for his final season. Hickey, a three-year starter at LSU, becomes the favorite to start at the point for OSU next season, filling a void created by the loss of Marcus […]

  • OSU basketball: Travis Ford is grinding in recruiting

    john helsley | Published: Wed, Jun 11, 2014

    Travis Ford is working. That’s always been the take on Ford among analysts and other coaches – grinding recruiter – and he’s had to be this offseason, with departures and defections reshaping Oklahoma State’s roster. Ford, and his staff, however, haven’t taken the hits without a response. And in the span of 24 hours, they’re […]

  • OSU baseball: OSU program took a major step in 2014

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    The season still rings as special. In just the second year under Holliday’s direction, Oklahoma State won 48 games – a program high since 1994 – won the Big 12 regular season title, won a regional championship and hosted a Super Regional for the first time.

  • OSU football: Cowboys in distress mode at linebacker

    By John Helsley | Published: Sun, Jun 8, 2014

    If possible, the position has gotten thinner. And younger. Scary younger.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: UC Irvine ace Andrew Morales shuts down Cowboys, ends OSU's season

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    UC Irvine ace Andrew Morales locked in from the outset and locked down the Cowboys bats throughout, ending OSU’s season with a 1-0 Super Regional shutout before a sold-out crowd at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.

  • NCAA Baseball Super Regional: OSU vs. UC Irvine

    staff reports | Updated: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Can Oklahoma State fight off elimination? The Cowboys face a must-win in the Stillwater Super Regional against UC Irvine. Follow our live coverage with the NewsOK Sports team.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: UC Irvine plays masterful small ball in Game 1 win over OSU

    BY JOHN HELSLEY | Updated: Sat, Jun 7, 2014

    Before a sellout crowd of 4,000, Irvine seized initial control of the best-of-3 series by scoring just one of its runs on a ball hit out of the infield.

  • NCAA Baseball Super Regional: OSU vs. Cal State Fullerton

    staff reports | Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    Oklahoma State is two wins away from the College World Series. All that stands in the Cowboys' way is UC Irvine. Follow the Super Regionals with John Helsley and the NewsOK Sports team.

  • Oklahoma State baseball: Freshmen have grown into major roles — especially on the mound

    By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Jun 5, 2014

    Freshmen now fill vital roles for the Cowboys, complementing a strong veteran presence to fuel OSU’s run to a Super Regional, putting it on the doorstep of the school’s first College World Series berth in 15 years.

  • Power Lunch: Chat with John Helsley

    john helsley | Updated: Wed, Jun 4, 2014

    Oklahoma State is back in the Super Regional. The Cowboys may be short a running back come spring. Questions about OSU? Ask John Helsley on the Power Lunch chat at 11 a.m.

  • OSU to host UC Irvine in Super Regional

    BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, jhelsley@opubco.com | Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    The road to Omaha continues to run through Stillwater. With UC Irvine's upset victory over national No. 1 seed Oregon State late Monday night, Oklahoma State is set to host UC Irvine in a best-of-three Super Regional starting Friday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater. The winner earns a berth in the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.




John Helsley Today at 12:27 AM RT @ImFasterThanYa: I've been waiting on this moment for a while , camp ready
John Helsley Today at 12:24 AM RT @BerryTramel: College football: Trevor Knight took advantage of big stage, J.W. Walsh could do the same LINK
John Helsley Sun, Jul. 27 2014 05:38:33 PM CST @dchs79 Lunch. Golf. More. I'm in.
John Helsley Sun, Jul. 27 2014 08:10:10 AM CST RT @CowboyWrestling: Incoming Oklahoma State freshmen wrestlers Ryan Blees and Chandler Rogers each turned in dominating championship... ht…
John Helsley Sun, Jul. 27 2014 08:09:56 AM CST RT @OkStateInsider: RT “@DamonSayles: #LSU trip complete for #ESPN300 CB Kendall Sheffield. He said #Sooners visit now on deck, and #GoPoke…
John Helsley Thu, Jul. 24 2014 12:57:44 PM CST RT @BruceFeldmanCFB: #Washington OT BenRiva said he's had parttime jobs in offseason for 15-20 hrs a wk."There's time if u don't sit around…
John Helsley Tue, Jul. 22 2014 02:39:32 PM CST RT @CowboyFB: Hey #okstate fans, come interact with our team on Fan Appreciation Day August 2 in GIA. Details: LINK
John Helsley Tue, Jul. 22 2014 12:03:29 PM CST RT @HamiltonESPN: #ESPN300 No. 10 Kendall Sheffield will be at #LSU Friday & is scheduling trips to #Oklahoma #Sooners and #okstate next we…
John Helsley Tue, Jul. 22 2014 11:00:16 AM CST Here we go with a special edition of the Power Lunch, live from Big 12 Media days. Now. LINK
John Helsley Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:54:06 AM CST Live from Big 12 Media Days in Dallas, I'll be doing a little Power Lunch chatting at 11 a.m. Join me here: LINK
John Helsley Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:30:59 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: Want to talk #Big12MediaDays? Get your questions in to @jjhelsley, who's live in Dallas ->> LINK
John Helsley Tue, Jul. 22 2014 10:06:32 AM CST RT @NewsOKSports: We're live from #Big12MediaDays with @OU_CoachStoops. Follow along here ->> LINK
John Helsley Tue, Jul. 22 2014 09:56:16 AM CST Oklahoma State sets Fan Appreciation Day for Aug. 2. Doors open at 1 pm, event from 2-4 inside GIA. #okstate
John Helsley Mon, Jul. 21 2014 06:21:47 PM CST @RKumzinya I hadn't even thought about him, so don't know for sure. But would be my guess. Handwriting on the wall.
John Helsley Mon, Jul. 21 2014 01:13:58 PM CST RT @jdubs88: ESPN hed: "FB recruits support athletes' stipend." Also, "7th graders support no book reports."
John Helsley Mon, Jul. 21 2014 01:09:20 PM CST RT @bigtrucktacos: this is happening this Thursday!! at the Skirving Hilton. tickets are $125 per seat, reception begins at 6pm and... http…
John Helsley Mon, Jul. 21 2014 11:59:55 AM CST @MikeSherman @RJ_Young Wait, no Boneman?
John Helsley Mon, Jul. 21 2014 11:46:40 AM CST Gundy on Yurcich: Experience is valuable. A comfort level of settling and really understanding OSU's offense and the direction we want to go
John Helsley Mon, Jul. 21 2014 11:44:31 AM CST RT @GeorgeSchroeder: Mike Gundy: “I felt like Brittney Spears walking in here, with all the cameras and the pictures.” (It was very similar…
John Helsley Mon, Jul. 21 2014 11:44:21 AM CST Gundy: We have three quarterbacks that are playing... Notes Walsh prominently, but also says each of the three offers something.