Wednesday , May 22 2024

Remembering "Tark the Shark"

Sad news tonight, the death of former Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian.

The coaching legend died this morning at a Las Vegas hospital. He had a history of health problems. Tarkanian was known as "Tark the Shark" and was also known for biting his coaching towel.

Love him or hate him, you can’t deny the impact that he had on college basketball and on Fresno State, which had a lot of success when he was here from 1995 to 2002. And, as we all know, he was also instrumental in getting the Save Mart Center built.

Jerry Tarkanian is a Hall of Famer, inducted in 2013, 11 years after he retired from coaching. He’s most well-known for his success at UNLV, which went to four final fours under his watch and won the national championship in 1990. In 1995 he took over at his Alma Mater, Fresno State. In his seven seasons with the Bulldogs, they made the postseason each year, and he won his 700th game in Fresno.

The university retired his jersey in March of last year. Coach Tarkanian was 84.

"Whoever it was, whoever he ran into and because of it, kids just played so hard for him. And the key to coaching is to get whoever you have to play as hard as they can," Jack Fertig said. 

"That was the thing that struck the chord with me… all the success stories that he had with guys who he helped grow, and was active in their lives after they played for him. I think that’s his biggest legacy. We can talk about the wins, we can talk about those things, but the impact that he those players lives," Rodney Terry said.

There will be a moment of silence for Coach Tarkanian before the women’s basketball game tonight and before the men’s basketball game on Saturday. Also, preliminary reports say the funeral will be on Monday in Las Vegas.

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