Jimmy Lake went 7-6 in 13 games at the University of Washington as its head coach. After he shoved a player and took a swipe at his face mask in the two-possession loss to Oregon a couple of weeks ago. That was the final straw for the University as he’s reportedly let go.
Since UW won’t be firing him for cause, Lake will get $10 million to go away. This comes after what had been an absolutely embarrassing week for the head coach who kept putting his foot in his mouth in the lead up to the rivalry game.
Lake joins Nick Rolovich, and Clay Helton as coaches fired mid season. This has to be the first time in the history of the Apple Cup where both WSU and UW fired the football coaches without either of them coaching in the game.
Update – 2:02 PM
It’s official, Washington has announced the firing of Jimmy Lake.
“Making a head coaching change in any sport is difficult, recognizing that the decision impacts coaches, staff, student-athletes and their families,” said Cohen. “However, as the steward of UW Athletics, I must always act in the best interests of our student-athletes, our department and our university. No one wanted Jimmy to succeed more than I when I hired him in 2019, but ultimately, this change is necessary for a variety of reasons, both on the field and off. I am grateful for Jimmy’s service to Washington, and we wish him the very best of luck moving forward.”UW Athletics
Editor’s note: This is a developing story, we’ll update it as more information becomes available.