Former college football coach sues school for vaccine-related termination

Former college football coach sues school for vaccine-related termination
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Nick Rolovich, the former head coach of the Washington State University football team, announced Wednesday that he is suing the school for wrongful termination over his vaccination status.

Rolovich, 42, applied for a religious exemption given his Catholic faith, but Washington State University denied the claim, said Rolovich's attorney Brian Fahling in a statement. His salary was a reported $3 million annually.

"It came after Coach Rolovich's request for a religious exemption from the vaccine was denied by the University," Fahling said. "The institution also indicated that even if the exemption had been granted, no accommodations would have been made."

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"As a result, Coach Rolovich will be taking legal action against Washington State University, and all parties responsible for his illegal termination," he continued.

Along with Rolovich, four of the team's assistant coaches saw their employment terminated Monday after their refusal to comply with the vaccine mandate.

The state of Washington had set Monday as the deadline for all employees to get vaccinated, according to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee's order.

Rolovich's attorney also accused Pat Chun, Washington State University's athletic director, of "discriminatory and vindictive behavior."

Chun had determined that Rolovich would be fired before Inslee implemented the vaccine mandate, Fahling alleged.

"Chun's animus towards Rolovich's sincerely held religious beliefs, and Chun's dishonesty at the expense of Coach Rolovich during the past year, is damning and will be thoroughly detailed in litigation," he said. "Chun's discriminatory and vindictive behavior has caused immeasurable harm to Coach Rolovich and his family."

Chun denied the allegations and said Rolovich and the assistant coaches had an understanding of the mandate and consequences of not following it, according to a statement by Chun.

"We've had conversations that date back months," Chun said. "He was resolute in his stance and his right to make a choice. That choice did not put him in compliance with this proclamation from the governor, and that is why we sit here today."

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The Washington Examiner reached out to Washington State University for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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