Fresno State honored former player and coach Jerry Tarkanian at its 70-64 victory over Boise State on Saturday at the Save Mart Center, with the players wearing a Tark patch on their jerseys, by draping a towel over an empty seat at the head at the bench, and playing a video tribute at halftime.
"Our administration did a great job in recognizing how important Tark is," current Bulldogs coach Rodney Terry said. "Tark is a part of our basketball family. He's a former player. He's a former coach. Any guy that wears this jersey and has Fresno State on the front of his jersey, he's a part of our family through thick and thin and I thought, again, honoring him in that regard and honoring him for the rest of the year with that patch, doing what we did with (the empty seat and towel) on the bench …
"He had so many fond memories of being here at Fresno State. In the time I got a chance to interact with him, I wouldn't say that it's more fond than his time at UNLV, but it's right up at the top. I'll put it that way. The people at UNLV wouldn't want to hear that, but he loved this place like no other, and for our administration to embrace that and give back to him and show that respect, that was a great thing."
Bulldogs guard Marvelle Harris, who scored a team-high 24 points, said there was a little extra motivation there.
"We knew we were playing in his honor and we wanted to go out and get a win and honor the memory of him, so it was a very important game for us.’"
Danny Tarkanian, Tarkanian's oldest son, sent a message of gratitude to Fresno State via video.