Washington State coach Rolovich fired for refusing vaccine

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State has fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Rolovich becomes the first major college coach to lose his job over vaccination status.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, had set a deadline of Monday for thousands of state employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Rolovich applied for a religious exemption.

The 42-year-old Rolovich was the highest-paid state employee at an annual salary of more than $3 million.

Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert will be elevated to acting coach starting with Saturday’s home game against BYU.

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