WSU names Jake Dickert as head coach, removing interim tag
Jake Dickert, middle, celebrates with Washington State AD Pat Chun (left) and school president Kirk Schultz (right) following WSU's most lopsided win ever over Washington in the Apple Cup, 40-13 (AP Images)

Washington State University named Jake Dickert their new head football coach on Saturday, removing his interim title, one day after the Cougars dominated their rival Huskies in Seattle in the Apple Cup 40-13.

Dickert took the interim head coach role following former head coach Nick Rolovich’s firing on October 18th.  Rolovich and four assistants were let go from their positions due to their refusal to get the Covid-19 vaccination.  Dickert took over the final five games of the regular season, going 3-2, capped by the dominant road win over Washington.  It was WSU’s most lopsided victory ever over their rival.

Washington State finishes the regular season 2nd in the Pac-12 North division with a 6-3 conference mark, 7-5 overall.

It is a five-year contract in principle for Dickert and WSU.

Dickert was in his second season as defensive coordinator in Pullman before taking over for Rolovich.  Rolovich hired him at WSU away from Wyoming, where Dickert spent the previous three seasons, the last of which as defensive coordinator.

The 38-year-old Dickert has only been coaching at the FBS ranks in 2017 and was never previously a head coach prior to his stint with the Cougars.

 

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