Former Fresno State head men's basketball coach, Jerry Tarkanian, will be one of 12 people inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
At the ceremony on Monday, announcer Jim Nantz said, "I know that there are ripple effects being felt in places like Fresno, California and Las Vegas, Nevada right now, as we welcome to the Hall of Fame, Coach Jerry Tarkanian.
Tarkanian took three teams: Fresno State, Long Beach State, and UNLV to the NCAAA Tournament, winning it all with UNLV in 1990.
Tarkanian coached the Bulldogs for 7 seasons before retiring in 2002.
He won 784 games, but 55 of those were vacated because of NCAA sanctions. 49 of the 55 wins vacated came when he coached the Bulldogs.
Tarkanian was also a key figure in raising funds to build the Save Mart Center.
Many believe Tark's enshrinement is long overdue, while others claim he shouldn't get in at all because of his run-ins with THE NCAA.
In Tark's ten seasons as Runnin' Rebels head coach, while they were in the Big West, UNLV won the league title every time; he's a 4-time National Coach of the Year; he won 89% of his games as a junior college head coach, which remains at the top; and he's coached 12 NBA first round draft picks, including former Bulldogs Courtney Alexander and Melvin Ely.
Tarkanian will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on September 8th at the home of the Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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