LAS VEGAS (AP) — Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday after several years of health issues. He was 84.
Tarkanian put the run in the Runnin' Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990.
His son, Danny Tarkanian, says his father fought an infection since he was hospitalized Monday in Las Vegas with breathing difficulty.
CORRECTS DATE OF HOSPITALIZATION - FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Jerry Tarkanian is escorted by his son, Danny, during halftime ceremonies honoring the former basketball coach at Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif. Family members say Hall of Fame basketball coach Tarkanian is hospitalized in Las Vegas with breathing trouble and some type of infection. Son Danny Tarkanian on Tuesday characterized his father¿s condition as ¿minute by minute.¿ He says his 84-year-old father was taken by ambulance Monday, Feb. 9, 2015, to Valley Hospital Medical Center after his blood oxygen fell to dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)
His teams were as flamboyant as the city, with light shows and fireworks for pregame introductions and celebrities jockeying for position on the so-called Gucci Row courtside.
He ended up beating the NCAA, too, collecting a $2.5 million settlement after suing the organization for trying to run him out of college basketball.