I just want to say “goodbye” and “thanks” to an American icon, Jerry Tarkanian, who allowed all of his former players and former coaches into his life.
Very few people had the opportunity to be in coach’s presence. My memories and experience of Coach Tarkanian will last forever. He was a true titan, a gladiator, a fierce competitor who worked relentlessly in his quest to be the best. He will forever be lamented in my thoughts.
He taught all of those who had to the pleasure of working with him the true meaning of hard work, dedication and determination. Even when faced with adversity, Coach Tarkanian always managed to keep his foot on the gas as he moved forward to defend his character.
Contrary to what the National Collegiate Athletic Association, media and nay-sayers thought about the man, one thing we all knew for sure was that Jerry “The Shark” Tarkanian was a man of strong convictions. He did things as he believed.
A true ambassador of the game, Coach Tarkanian will forever be missed.