Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, who led the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels to a national title, died Wednesday. He was 84.
Tarkanian had been in a Las Vegas hospital since Monday night after experiencing breathing difficulties and an infection. The Naismith Hall of Famer was transported by ambulance to Valley Hospital Medical Center from his home after his blood oxygen levels dropped.
The towel-chewing coach, known as “Tark the Shark,” finished his career with 729 wins across all levels.
Tarkanian guided three schools to the NCAA tournament and posted a 729-201 record in 31 years at the Division I level. His UNLV team won the national championship in 1990 and he compiled a 509-105 record in 19 seasons with the Rebels.
Tarkanian’s death comes after legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith died Saturday night in Chapel Hill, N.C., at age 83.
“It’s another sad day for those who love college basketball and the people who have contributed so much to our game,” North Carolina coach Roy Williams said in a statement Wednesday. “‘Tark’ was a great coach, better than people gave him credit for, and he loved college basketball.”
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