Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich announced Wednesday afternoon that he has chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and that he will attend the Pac-12 Media Day in Los Angeles externally Tuesday.
“As the Pac-12 conference has required that all personal participants at next week’s Pac-12 football media day be fully vaccinated, I will participate externally and look forward to talking about our football team and the incredible young men in our program,” said Rolovich in a statement.
He continued: “I have chosen not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine for reasons that remain private. While making my own decision, I respect that any person – including our coaches, staff and student-athletes – can take his or her own decision regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. I will not comment further on my decision. “
Washington State Athletic Director Pat Chun said in a statement that he and Rolovich “have had several conversations about his decision not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.”
“While WSU has a vaccination mandate, there are policies and procedures that employees can follow that are not vaccinated. As a department, we will continue to educate our student-athletes, staff and coaches about the benefits of vaccinations and do everything we can to protect the health and safety of those responsible for us, ”Chun said.
The terms of the Washington State staff and staff vaccination mandate were not immediately clear. The university has said that all students participating in activities on campus in the academic year 2021-22 must provide proof of vaccination with exceptions for medical, religious or personal reasons.
Rolovich is the second coach scheduled to speak during the Pac-12 media day at 6 p.m. 9:20 PT.
Washington State had two games canceled during the 2020 season due to COVID-19 against Cal and Washington and finished 1-3 in Rolovich’s first season as coach.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.