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March 2, 2024

Coach Jerry Tarkanian Dies

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Hall of Fame coach 84-year-old Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV, has died.

The towel-chewing coach dubbed “Tark the Shark” had been hospitalized three times in 10 months.  He had a second heart attack last April and was treated for pneumonia in November.

Tarkanian led the 1990 UNLV team that won an NCAA national title and the 1991 Runnin’ Rebels who lost to Duke in the Final Four.  Tarkanian later coached with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and at Fresno State, leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice.

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