Basketball Coaching Legend Jerry Tarkanian Dies; Hosted Radio Shows In Las Vegas, Fresno, On Satellite
February 11, 2015 at 11:52 AM (PT)
JERRY TARKANIAN, the legendary college basketball coach known for his success at the UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-LAS VEGAS, his run-ins with the NCAA, and his trademark white towels on which he nervously chewed during games, died TODAY (2/11) in LAS VEGAS at 84. "TARK THE SHARK" had been recovering from a stay in the hospital when he experienced difficulty breathing on MONDAY morning, sending him back to the hospital.
TARKANIAN, who won the NCAA championship at UNLV in 1990 and coached LONG BEACH STATE, UNLV, and FRESNO STATE to a combined 784-202 record over 31 years but battled NCAA investigations throughout his career and briefly coached the NBA's SAN ANTONIO SPURS, hosted weekly radio shows called "SHARK TANK" for KSFN-A/LAS VEGAS, KCBL-A (FOX SPORTS RADIO 1340 AND 1400)/FRESNO, and SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO after his coaching days were over.