Joe Trull was disappointed that Nick Rolovich didn’t have a chance to train for a full season in Washington State.
Trull, 55, of Port Orchard, Wash., Stood outside Martin Stadium ahead of the Cougars v BYU game and also said Rolovich’s dismissal was “the right thing”.
Washington state fans like Trull weighed in on Saturday after Rolovich was fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
“I’m excited to see how the kids deal with it,” said Trull. âThis could be a rallying point for them. I think they will play hard. “
Trisha Griggs, 32, of Spokane, Washington, is a 2011 graduate of Washington state. She wore a Cougars sweatshirt when she walked to the stadium on Saturday.
“I think it’s sad for the players,” said Griggs. âI think how difficult it is for players and cause such divisions between Cougar Nation.
“But I’m alum and I still support athletics.”
Mark Blewett, 51, of Spokane, is a 1995 graduate of WSU. He said he was a fan of Rolovich, who led the Cougars to a 4-3 start this season.
“He was fired,” said Blewett. âHe stood on a hill and died on it.
âHe’s a leader of men who work for a research university. He made his own bed. “
Blewett said he hoped the Cougars can continue playing at the level they achieved with three straight wins and qualify for a bowl game.
“Two or three more wins and they can play an extra game,” said Blewett.
Fans continued to donate money to the program, Washington state officials said this week.
The athletics department received $ 3.5 million in donations in the last week after Rolovich was laid off, the school said. These donations will be used for the new indoor exercise facility, which has now exceeded its fundraising goals, the school said.
A large crowd was expected at 32,900-seat Martin Stadium on Saturday, but school officials said that would likely fall short of the sell-off quarterback Jayden de Laura called for this week after Rolovich was fired.
Rolovich and four of his assistants were fired Monday for failing to comply with the governor’s mandate to vaccinate all state employees against the coronavirus. Rolovich had requested a religious exemption, but it was denied on Monday, the state vaccination deadline.
He was replaced for the remainder of the season by Defensive Coordinator Jake Dickert, who was named deputy head coach.