UNLV unveils bronze statue of Jerry Tarkanian

The Fresno BeeOctober 31, 2013 

Jerry Tarkanian received another honor, this one a bronze statue of the Hall of Fame coach in a familiar pose that was unveiled Wednesday at UNLV.

Tarkanian is shown sitting down as if at courtside, biting down on a towel just as he did through so many victories with the Runnin' Rebels and at stops at Fresno State, Long Beach State and elsewhere.

Tarkanian played and coached at Fresno State, but found his biggest success in the desert, reaching four Final Fours with the Rebels and winning the title in 1990.

"I never dreamed something like this could happen," Tarkanian said at a ceremony that drew a couple of hundred fans, including former players and coaches. "The statue project represents not only me, but all the players, coaches and staff members who were part of building the Runnin' Rebels.

"I love you all and I'm deeply grateful."

UNLV previously named its court at the Thomas & Mack Center after Tarkanian.

Earlier this month, he was back in Fresno for a standing ovation as he was honored on the field during Fresno State's homecoming game against UNLV.

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