Rolovich could not be reached for immediate comment, but UH athletic director David Matlin provided confirmation from UH’s end.
Statement from Athletics Director David Matlin. pic.twitter.com/xfwJXp2XWt
— Hawaii Football (@HawaiiFootball) January 14, 2020
UPDATE: Rolovich provided a comment just before 10 p.m. HST, in his inimitable way, on Twitter.
— Nick Rolovich (@NickRolovich) January 14, 2020
The WSU job was vacated when Mike Leach accepted the coaching job at Mississippi State.
On Saturday, Rolovich indicated he had received feelers from WSU officials but at that point had not had a formal interview. It is believed he met with officials today, although it is not known if the meeting was in Pullman, Wash., or on the phone.
Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports was the first to report the story.
Following Nick Rolovich accepting head coaching job at Washington State – Former UH assistant @richmiano38 shared his thoughts with @c_shimabuku on what could be next for #HawaiiFB #GoBows // https://t.co/9oZimTtTXJ 🤙🏽 pic.twitter.com/zhu6rIUoKj
— Rob DeMello (@RobDeMelloKHON) January 14, 2020
Rolovich’s base salary (before incentives) on his current contract is $425,004. Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported that Rolovich is getting a five-year deal at nearly $3 million a year.
Rolovich won Mountain West Coach of the Year after leading the Rainbow Warriors to the Mountain West West Division title and their first appearance in the MWC championship game. UH went on to beat old rival BYU 38-34 in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl.
Last week, starting quarterback Cole McDonald announced his intention to leave school a year early for the NFL Draft, making Chevan Cordeiro the presumptive starter for the ‘Bows in 2020.
Here was Rolovich’s year-by-year record at UH:
2016: 7-7 (Hawaii Bowl champ)
2018: 8-6 (Hawaii Bowl runner-up)
2019: 10-5 (Mountain West runner-up, Hawaii Bowl champ)