Coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants were sacked by Washington State on Monday for refusing to comply with a state rule that all staff get vaccinated against Covid-19.
Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, has set a Monday deadline for vaccinating hundreds of state employees, including the Cougars’ coach. According to Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, Rolovich sought for a religious exemption, which was denied on Monday.
“This is a tough day for Washington State football,” Chun said at a news conference. “Nobody wants to be here.”
Also fired for refusing vaccination were assistant coaches Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber. Chun said there may be no precedent for a team losing its head coach and so many assistants in the middle of a season.
source : Guardian sport