Washington State Fires Head Coach, Four Assistant Coaches For Declining COVID Shot

Washington State University announced the termination of football Head Coach Nick Rolovich and four assistant coaches on Monday after the coaches failed to meet the state’s deadline to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Rolovich filed for religious exemption before the deadline of Oct. 18 but WSU athletic director Pat Chun told reporters the coaches could not be accommodated. After the Cougars’ victory over Stanford University on Saturday, Rolovich said he was “waiting on an email” for his exemption request.

“I don’t think this is in my hands,” Rolovich said. “I’ve been settled for a long time on it, and I believe it’s going to work out the right way.”

Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann, and Mark Weber were also terminated for declining to obey Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation that prohibits “any State Agency from permitting any Worker to engage in work for the agency after October 18, 2021, if the Worker has not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provided proof thereof to the agency.”


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