On Saturday, the Washington State Cougars defeated the Stanford Cardinal 34-31 in a Pac-12 clash to win their third straight college football game. After the game, Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich was drenched in Gatorade by a group of players, and, without further context, it was easy to see euphoria in Pullman. However, the victory came only two days before a deadline for Rolovich, who was due to be fired for failing to meet the states COVID-19 vaccine requirement on Monday.
Rolovich filed a religious exemption request, but as of his most recent media appearance, there was no update on the status of that inquiry. With that as the backdrop, Monday was the deadline for all employees at colleges and universities to comply. Rolovich indicated that he would comply over the summer, although avoiding specifics, but subsequently stated that instead of becoming vaccinated, a waiver was sought.
Rolovich's situation has been a national and regional news story since Pac-12 Media Day. He attended the event on a virtual basis, later revealing that he was not vaccinated, saying I have chosen not to receive obstructive COVID-19 vaccination for privacy reasons and declining further comment.
In addition to Rolovichs retirement, he is reported to be joined by several assistant coaches, although it is unknown which assistants, or how many, have been fired at this time. Washington State is 4-3 overall and 3-2 in Pac-12 play, competing for the Pac 12 North division title. It remains to be seen how the program will approach the remainder of the season from a coaching perspective, and it is also possible that Rolovich may seek to resign.