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Football coach fired for rejecting vaccine

Head coach Nick Rolovich looks on at his last game coaching the Washington State Cougars on Saturday. Associated Press/Photo by Young Kwak

Football coach fired for rejecting vaccine

Washington State University’s athletic director announced the firing of head coach Nick Rolovich and four assistants because they were not vaccinated against COVID-19 by the state deadline on Monday. Rolovich had previously applied for a religious exemption that was denied. Because the university fired him for cause, they do not have to honor the rest of his $3 million yearly contract through 2025. The defensive coordinator will serve as acting coach starting on Saturday and the school is looking for immediate assistant replacements.

Why did he refuse? Rolovich said he would not get the COVID-19 vaccine for private reasons when the mandate was announced in August. He wore a mask to all games and said he would comply with other state requirements. Meanwhile, ESPN reporter Allison Williams, who covers college football and basketball, said she is leaving her job because of the company’s vaccine mandate. She said she asked for an exception because she does not want to get the vaccine while she and her husband are trying to conceive a second child, but ESPN’s parent company, Disney, denied her request.

Dig deeper: Read Steve West’s report in Liberties about religious exemptions for student athletes.

Carolina Lumetta

Carolina is a reporter for WORLD Digital. She is a World Journalism Institute and Wheaton College graduate. She resides in Harrisburg, Pa.



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Hey Salty1, So how does the firing of 5 people from an alethic team and 1 leaving a news agency’s suddenly give those two organizations some new found and corrupted political power? Please explain how this also leads to the creating of a dictatorship. I think your fear and imagination is running away with you. Looks like the propaganda you are filling your mind with is way more dangerous than any vaccine.

Big JimRCRE8109

Well, that is the direction we're headed:

"And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." Rev 13:7 KJV


This has nothing to do about health but everything to do about power. If they can remove people of faith and conservatives in general then they can use these institutions as political tools. This is what they are doing now so it shows we are rapidly moving towards a dictatorship where we will be the objects of their wrath!

Vincent Beiler

A little bit harsh I'd say