SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich has sued the university and Gov. Jay Inslee after he was fired last year for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
The lawsuit, filed last week in Whitman County Superior Court, names the university, athletic director Patrick Chun and Inslee as defendants.
Idaho (0-0) at Washington State (0-0), Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network)
Line: No line from Fanduel Sportsbook.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — After a turbulent 2021 season, Washington State coach Jake Dickert is looking forward to some normalcy.
Dickert was named interim at midseason when Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich has filed a claim against the university seeking $25 million for wrongful termination after he was fired last year for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Jake Dickert was introduced Thursday as the new head football coach at Washington State and vowed to “bring the Pac-12 championship back here to Pullman, Washington.”
Dickert was elevated last week from interim coach after the Cougars pounded rival Washington 40-13 in the annual Apple Cup game in Seattle.
Washington State removed the interim tag and named Jake Dickert head coach Saturday night after he led the Cougars to a 3-2 record following the firing of Nick Rolovich.
Momentum had been growing for Dickert to get the job permanently and his candidacy was capped with an emphatic 40-13 rout of rival Washington in the Apple Cup that snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Huskies.
SEATTLE (AP) — The third week of October is when it could have all fallen apart at Washington State. There were easy built-in reasons and explanations if the Cougars had crumbled at that point of the season.
There have been 14 coaching changes at the FBS level this season.
Three of those were in the Pac-12, with Washington, Washington Sate and USC all dismissing their coaches in the midst of the regular season.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Max Borghi rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns in the last home game of his career, Travell Harris and Calvin Jackson Jr. each had two touchdown receptions, and Washington State became bowl eligible with a 44-18 win over Arizona on Friday night.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Considering the turmoil of its season, Washington State being on the cusp of bowl eligibility is a rather significant achievement.
The Cougars would like to see a bowl trip become reality.
Washington State (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) at No. 5 Oregon (8-1, 5-1, No. 3 CFP), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Oregon by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch in Week 11 of the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks continue a march toward the Pac-12 title game, and perhaps a playoff berth, at home against Washington State on Saturday night.
Just about any sort of win in the Pac-12 is cause for fans to rush the field in celebration these days.
In Boulder last weekend, the backers of the struggling Colorado Buffaloes stormed the turf after beating a five-win Oregon State team on homecoming.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is disputing Nick Rolovich's statements that the Democrat targeted the former Washington State University football coach with his statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all public employees.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Attorneys for former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich sent a letter to the university appealing his firing for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine, contending school officials did not conduct a fair process to determine whether he should receive a religious exemption to a state mandate that all state employees must be vaccinated.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington State was counted out when its head coach and four assistants were fired for refusing the state's vaccination mandate. No way could the Cougars recover from adversity like that.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Tyler Allgeier ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns and BYU beat Washington State 21-19 on Saturday in Washington State's first game since head coach Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Joe Trull was disappointed that Nick Rolovich did not get a chance to coach a full season at Washington State.
Standing outside Martin Stadium before the Cougars' game against BYU, Trull, 55, of Port Orchard, Washington, also said Rolovich's dismissal "was the right thing to do.”
Now that Coach O is out at LSU, or at least he will be at the end of the season, how does the school go about hiring its next coach and who might be a candidate?
On the latest episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast presented by Region Bank, Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the rise and fall of Ed Orgeron at LSU.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — After months of dealing with uncertainty, Washington State finally has clarity about who will lead the program.
Nick Rolovich and four assistants are gone, fired when they failed to comply with the governor’s mandate that all state employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Oregon (5-1, 2-1) visits UCLA (5-2, 3-1) in what will be one of the top national games of the weekend.
Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday.
Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal action and that the litigation will detail what the attorney called athletic director Pat Chun's “animus towards Coach Rolovich’s sincerely held religious beliefs” and his dishonesty at the expense of the former coach.
Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is providing support and stability for players who were left hurting and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were fired for refusing to comply with the state's vaccine mandate.
You’re never going to convince guys like ex-Washington State coach Nick Rolovich to get the shot. It’s a waste of breath.
The best scientists and all the evidence in the world couldn’t. Losing a $3 million-a-year job didn’t.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State fired football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants on Monday for refusing a state mandate that all employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, making him the first major college coach to lose his job over vaccination status.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Max Borghi scored on a 2-yard run with 1:30 left in the game as Washington State came back to beat Stanford 34-31 on Saturday in what was possibly the last game for WSU coach Nick Rolovich because of his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — It took a little longer than expected, but Washington State seems to be rolling.
The Cougars' defense is proving to be stout as evidenced by their performance the past two weeks.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Jayden de Laura threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns as Washington State beat Oregon State 31-24 on Saturday.
Travell Harris caught eight passes for 147 yards for the Cougars (3-3, 2-2 Pac-12), who beat Oregon State for the eighth consecutive time.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington State wide receiver was in stable condition in a hospital Monday after being shot during the weekend, coach Nick Rolovich said, although he did not have other details about the player's status.
Washington State's quarterback situation remains unsettled as the Cougars prepare to play at Utah on Saturday.
Starter Jayden de Laura helped the Cougars take a 14-0 lead over Southern California on Saturday but he was injured late in the first half.
The last time Portland State traveled to Pullman, the FCS program upset a Washington State team that went on to win nine games in 2015.
The Vikings (0-1) will try it again Saturday, while Washington State (0-1) seeks to recover from a late collapse that led to a loss against Utah State in the Cougars' season opener.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former Washington State player contends in a lawsuit that his civil rights were violated when he was kicked off the football team after complaining about potential exposure to COVID-19 and for joining an association of Black student-athletes.
Washington State is on the cusp of beginning the season with the first quarterback to take a snap for the Cougars remaining an unknown.
Utah State may be following a similar plan.
Washington State coach Nick Rolovich said he had not yet selected a starter and may not announce in advance whether Jayden de Laura or Tennessee graduate transfer Jarrett Guarantano will lead his run-and-shoot offense when the Cougars host the Aggies on Saturday night.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State coach Nick Rolovich said Thursday that he intends to follow a new state mandate requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for all those working at the state’s colleges and universities, including coaches.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State University has announced students will soon no longer be able to cite a “personal or philosophical” exemption to the school’s requirement that all who attend get a COVID-19 vaccine.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Washington State coach Nick Rolovich lamented Tuesday that his decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine has created a distraction for his program, though he reiterated that he would keep his reasons why private.
Many colleges across the country are telling students a COVID-19 vaccination is required if they want to attend classes on campus during the upcoming academic year.
But what happens when one of the most influential voices on campus and the second-highest paid state employee appears to be defying the requirements put in place by his own school, drawing criticism from alums, campus staff and even the governor?
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich said he will not participate on site next week during the Pac-12 media day in Los Angeles after choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
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