Former Washington State head coach Nick Rolovich is pursuing legal action against the university after his firing on Monday for violating Governor Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for state employees, according to a statement released by Rolovich's lawyer Wednesday morning. The statement criticized Washington State athletic director Pat Chun's handling of the situation and said the termination of Rolovich was "unjust and unlawful."

"Since at least April, it became clear that Chun had already determined that Coach Rolovich would be fired," Rolovich's lawyer Brian Fahling wrote. "Chun’s animus towards Coach Rolovich’s sincerely held religious beliefs, and Chun’s dishonesty at the expense of Coach Rolovich during the past year is damning and will be thoroughly detailed in litigation."