Colorado assistant coach Bob Simmons will be recommended Friday as the new football coach at Oklahoma State, university officials said today.

Simmons, 46, would succeed Pat Jones, who resigned in November after 11 seasons.Simmons had been an assistant at Colorado the past seven seasons. He was assistant head coach the past two years. Simmons will be the first black head coach in the Big 8.

Utah State University head coach Charlie Weatherbie, a former OSU quarterback, was one of several candidates and had interviewed at the university earlier this week.