Former Fresno State men’s basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian remained in a Las Vegas-area hospital late Tuesday night.
Son Danny Tarkanian on Tuesday characterized his father's condition as "minute by minute" after he was taken to the hospital Monday with breathing trouble and some type of infection.
He said his 84-year-old father was taken by ambulance to Valley Hospital Medical Center after his blood oxygen fell to dangerous levels. He said doctors worked overnight to stabilize his father's condition and identify the infection and that his father is heavily medicated.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that prayers were being said by the family with clergy leading the group at the hospital, the family said.
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"It was very scary," Lois Tarkanian told the Review-Journal. "The doctors don't know what happened. But unfortunately that's how these things happen."
Jerry Tarkanian was hospitalized last April after attending the Final Four in north Texas, complaining of weakness, lethargy and labored breathing. He left the hospital after 10 days.
A member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Tarkanian, 83, led UNLV, Fresno State and Long Beach State to the NCAA tournament.
UNLV won the 1990 national title under Tarkanian, lost to Duke in a 1991 semifinal and also reached the Final Four in 1977 and 1987. He coached the NBA's San Antonio Spurs for 20 games in 1992.
Tarkanian returned to Fresno State, his alma mater, as coach from 1995-2002, leading the Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament twice while helping drive community support for the construction of the Save Mart Center.
Tarkanian won 784 games in his career, 509 at UNLV, and was National Coach of the Year in 1977, 1983, 1984 and 1990. He was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013.