Former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich’s termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was illegal and an assault on his Catholic religion, his legal professional mentioned Wednesday.

Rolovich was employed from Hawaii two years in the past, after Mike Leach left for Mississippi State, and led Washington State to a 1-3 report within the Pac-12 in a 2020 season minimize brief due to the pandemic. He completed with a 5-6 report in Pullman.

He was changed for the rest of the season by Jake Dickert, the Cougars’ defensive coordinator who was elevated to appearing head coach.

Washington State (4-3) hosts BYU (5-2) on Saturday.