Nick Rolovich, the former Washington State head coach fired for cause last October for failing to get the COVID-19 vaccine under the mandate for state employees, has reportedly submitted a tort claim against the state of Washington.

Citing sources, reported Thursday evening that the former Cougar coach is seeking $25 million from the state on the grounds he was terminated due to religious discrimination by Washington State University.

The tort claim, according to, was submitted on April 27 to the state’s Office of Risk Management and assigned to the torts division of the attorney general’s office. Rolovich has yet to file a lawsuit against the university, per The claim is not believed to have met the threshold of evidence by the state to prove liability, the report says.

Washington State spokesperson Phil Weiler told they are unaware of any lawsuit from Rolovich and wouldn’t comment further.

Rolovich and four WSU assistant coaches were fired last October for failing to meet the state of Washington’s requirement that all state employees get vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision came in the middle of the Cougars’ season and ended a monthslong bit of drama surrounding the Cougars’ leading man.

The state’s highest-paid employee at $3 million a year, Rolovich’s contract ran through May of 2025. WSU terminated his contract for cause, citing his inability to meet the requirements outlined in his contract. Rolovich had filed a request for a religious exemption based on his “devout” Catholic faith, but an attorney representing Rolovich told ESPN at the time that request was denied by the university.

That same attorney also told ESPN that Rolovich would be suing the university for illegal termination, in part because of “discriminatory and vindictive behavior” by WSU athletic director Pat Chun.

Jake Dickert was given the interim head coach tag upon Rolovich’s dismissal, and later named the full-time Cougar head coach. He’s set to begin his first full season at the helm of the program on Sept. 3 against Idaho.