Ex-Washington St coach files wrongful dismissal lawsuit

FILE - Washington State coach Nick Rolovich looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford on October 16, 2021, in Pullman, Washington.  The former Washington State football coach filed a lawsuit against the university on April 27, 2022, seeking $25 million for wrongful termination after he was fired last year for refusing to get his shot. COVID-19.  (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

FILE – Washington State coach Nick Rolovich looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Stanford on October 16, 2021, in Pullman, Washington. The former Washington State football coach filed a lawsuit against the university on April 27, 2022, seeking $25 million for wrongful termination after he was fired last year for refusing to get his shot. COVID-19. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)

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Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich has filed a lawsuit against the university seeking $25 million for wrongful termination after he was fired last year for refusing a COVID shot -19.

The lawsuit was filed on Rolovich’s behalf with the state’s Office of Risk Management on April 27, the Seattle Times reported.

Such a claim is a prerequisite to filing a lawsuit against a state agency, said Brionna Aho, spokeswoman for state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. A person must wait 60 days to sue after filing a tort claim.

Aho said no complaints were filed on Wednesday.

Rolovich’s attorney, Brian Fahling of Kenmore, did not return a phone message left in his office Wednesday. He previously indicated that Rolovich would take legal action, alleging religious discrimination.

Rolovich, who is Catholic. was denied a religious exemption from Governor Jay Inslee’s mandate requiring state employees to be vaccinated.

He was fired in October after coaching just 11 games with the Cougars over two seasons, going 5-6. Assistant coach Jake Dickert was temporarily elevated to interim head coach, then named Rolovich’s replacement after leading the Cougars to the Sun Bowl.

Fahling filed a 34-page letter with the university appealing Rolovich’s dismissal in November. This appeal was dismissed.

At the time of his dismissal, Rolovich was working under a five-year contract, on which he remained for three seasons. He was paid $3.2 million a year, the highest public salary in the state.

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