Bob Simmons will resign after the season as Oklahoma State’s football coach, ending his six-year stay at the school.
Oklahoma State (2-6, 0-5 Big 12) has lost six straight games. A 21-16 loss to Texas A&M on Saturday guaranteed the Cowboys their third straight losing season and fifth under Simmons.
Simmons’ last game will be against No. 1 Oklahoma on Nov. 25.
He informed his players of his decision just before today’s news conference.
“That was tough,” he said in a halting voice. “I asked them to go forward and very much be a part of the future of this program, the successes that they are going to have.
“I encouraged them to stick around. I encouraged them to recruit and to build.”
Simmons said he wanted to continue coaching.
“I think I’ve done the right way, the way they wanted me to do it,” Simmons said about his time at Oklahoma State.
Frustrating Few Seasons
Athletic director Terry Don Phillips has said there is no question the program is in better shape than when Simmons took over after the 1994 season.
But Phillips, who is pushing an $80 million renovation of the football stadium, also says fans and donors are dissatisfied with the lack of success.
On Sunday, Simmons spoke of his future.
“No matter what happens, I’ll remain faithful and do the best job I can do and consider it a blessing and get on with my life,” he said. “We’re in a profession based on one thing. You can talk about academics, but ultimately the bottom line is wins and losses.”
Oklahoma State, inconsistent all season, finally put together four good quarters in its loss to Texas A&M.
“Like coach Simmons says, this team has shown tremendous character, and we’re not going to give up no matter what,” said Gabe Lindsay, who had a 57-yard punt return for a touchdown. “We came out, we fought hard, but we just didn’t come out with a win.”
There has been plenty of frustration in recent years.
Simmons, whose career record is 29-36, had what appeared to be a breakthrough season in 1997 when the Cowboys won eight games and played in the Alamo Bowl, their first bowl trip since 1988.
They finished 5-6 the following year, but almost upset Nebraska and Texas. An early injury to quarterback Tony Lindsay contributed to another 5-6 finish last season.