July 7, 2022

Washington State football coach and four assistants fired over refusing COVID-19 vaccination

Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistant coaches were reportedly fired Monday for refusing to comply with the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

The news of Rolovich’s firing came early Monday.

It was later noted four of his assistants were also fired over the issue.

The story has quickly become one of the biggest headlines in college football. Rolovich, only in his second season, had made it clear he would not receive a coronavirus vaccination. However, it was unclear how the university would proceed in response.

The mandate was part of a deadline by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in August that required full vaccination by all state employees by Oct. 18.

Employees could apply for a medical or religious exemption, though testing was not an option.

Now Washington will be forced to address the loss of Rolovich, who was reportedly the highest-paid state employee in 2020, with a salary package of more than $3.1 million according to King5 TV.

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