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Nick Rolovich taking legal action against Washington State for $25 million

Nick Rolovich at Washington State

Oct 16, 2021; Pullman, Washington, USA; Washington State Cougars head coach Nick Rolovich looks on during warms before a game against the Stanford Cardinal at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich is seeking a hefty sum of money from the school over his firing as head coach last October.

Rolovich has filed a $25 million tort claim against Washington State for wrongful termination, according to Adam Jude of the Seattle Times. Rolovich was fired for cause after refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, which had been mandated for all state employees by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee. Rolovich, who is Catholic, sought a religious exemption, but that was denied.

Rolovich filed a claim with the state’s Office of Risk Management on April 27, which is a precursor to filing a lawsuit against a state agency. After a tort claim is filed, there is a 60-day waiting periord before a claimaint can file a suit. No formal lawsuit had been filed against the university itself as of Tuesday, according to the Seattle Times.

Because he was fired for cause, Washington State was not obligated to pay Rolovich the remainder of the money owed on his contract. He had originally signed a five-year deal with the school that would have paid him roughly $15 million over the course of the contract. The 43-year-old wound up coaching just 11 games for the university before his dismissal, going 5-6. He has not coached at any level since.

H/T Football Scoop

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