Rolovich is being fired with cause, according to John Canzano of The Oregonian. This resolution comes after he was unable to secure a religious exemption to the state of Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Rolovich had been seeking an exemption for some time, but did not obtain one by today’s deadline. Neither did other unvaccinated assistants on his staff, who are also being terminated.
In short, Washington State’s coaching staff is about to have a major midseason shakeup. On Saturday, with Rolovich’s tenure looking likely to end soon, FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported that Washington State has made “several contingency plans” to prepare for the coming changes.
Nick Rolovich has been terminated by Washington State, per a university source.
Terminated for cause, along with the other unvaccinated WSU assistants.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) October 18, 2021
The Cougars are 4-3 on the season and beat Stanford on Saturday in Rolovich’s last game as head coach. After being hired in January 2020, Rolovich wound up coaching only 11 games at Wazzu, going 5-6 in one-plus seasons.
With an interim head coach and skeleton crew of assistants, Washington State will no prepare to host BYU this Saturday afternoon. The Cougars need two wins in their final five games to reach bowl eligibility.