WSU Cougars Coach Nick Rolovich stands on the field in Martin Stadium Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020. The first-year coach will lead the Cougs in their first game of 2020 at Oregon State Saturday.

UPDATE: JULY 21 AT 4:20 P.M.

WSU's Athletic Director Pat Chun released the following statement in response to Rolovich's decision to stay unvaccinated.

"Coach Rolovich and I have has multiple conversations regarding his decision not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. While WSU has a vaccination mandate, there are policies and procedures for employees to follow who are not vaccinated. As a department, we will continue to educate our student-athletes, staff and coaches on the benefits of vaccinations and do all that we can to protect the health and safety of those in our charge."


Gov. Jay Inslee is encouraging WSU Football Coach Nick Rolovich to get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Gov. Inslee said he encourages Rolovich to talk to his physician about getting the vaccine. Inslee continued that anyone in a leadership roll in Washington has an obligation to get vaccinated and encourage others to do the same. 

"Has he been suffering from misinformation? ...maybe we will give him a call and find out," Gov. Inslee said. 


PULLMAN, Wash. - In a statement posted to Twitter, Washington State University Football Coach Nick Rolovich announced he has decided to not receive the COVID-19 vaccine. 

"As the Pac-12 Conference has required that all in-person participants at next week's Pac-12 Football Media Day be fully vaccinated, I will participate remotely," Rolovich wrote. "I have elected not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for reasons which will remain private."

According to WSU, all students and employees engaging in activates on campus are required to be vaccinated. Exemptions will be allowed for medical, religious, or personal reasons.