Washington State FIRES Head Football Coach, 4 Assistants For Refusing Jab
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Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich and four assistants were fired for refusing to obey the China virus mandate that required state educational employees to receive the coronavirus vaccine by Oct. 18.
Rolovich, Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stuzmann and Mark Weber were found to be not in compliance with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s proclamation on state employees getting the vaccine.
Rolovich entrenched himself as the only unvaccinated head coach in the Pac 12 conference this summer when had first announced that he would not be getting vaccinated by the state of Washington’s Oct. 18 deadline, mandated for all educational employees in the state, the New York Post reported.
The Cougars coach, who earned $3 million a year, had reportedly sought a religious exemption.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — AP source: Washington State has fired football coach Nick Rolovich for refusing state's vaccination mandate.— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 19, 2021
“This is a disheartening day for our football program. Our priority has been and will continue to be the health and well-being of the young men on our team. The leadership on our football team is filled with young men of character, selflessness and resiliency, and we are confident these same attributes will help guide this program as we move forward,” Washington State athletic director Pat Chun said in a news release.
Washington State President Kirk Schulz added: “While much has been made of the relatively small number of university employees who are not complying with the Governor’s mandate, we are immensely gratified that nearly 90 percent of WSU employees and 97 percent of our students are now vaccinated. WSU students, faculty, and staff understand the importance of getting vaccinated and wearing masks so that we can safely return to in-person learning and activities.”
“I am proud of all those members of our community who have set the example and taken the steps to protect not just themselves, but their fellow Cougs.”