Source: WSU coach Rolovich out after vax refusal

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  • Kyle BonaguraESPN Staff Writer

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    • Covers the Pac-12.
    • Joined ESPN in 2014.
    • Attended Washington State University.

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Nick Rolovich is out as the Washington State football coach after refusing to become vaccinated for COVID-19, a requirement for all state employees, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Monday was the deadline for state employees to become fully vaccinated or receive an approved medical or religious exemption as part of a state mandate that was announced in August. Rolovich was seeking a religious exemption, but it is not yet clear how the university committee assigned to evaluate religious exemptions ruled.

Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert is expected to be named the team's interim coach, the source said.

Rolovich was hired in January 2020 after a four-year stint as the head coach at Hawaii, where he compiled a 28-27 record.

His departure was first reported by the Oregonian.

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