Posted: 11:36 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013
By Jeremy Mauss
Jerry Tarkanian is finally earning a spot in the College Basketball Hall of Fame, according to CBS Sports Jeff Goodman. The coaching side of Tarkanian rivals the best coaches in all of college basketball, but he also had many issues with the NCAA and was under extreme scrutiny while in Las Vegas. He also had games forfeited at Fresno State and Long Beach State.
HBO did a documentary back in 2010 called Runnin' Rebels of UNLV, and is a well done documentary to watch. Go check it out if one has not seen it.
All of these off the court stuff caused Tarkanian to be snubbed by the Hall of Fame voters. His on the court success came mostly at UNLV where he led the Rebels to the national title in 1990, plus he led them to three other Final Four's in 1977, 1987 and 1991; he also finished his career with a 729-201 record.
Tarkanian coached UNLV from 1973-1992, plus had stops at Long Beach State and finally retired after spending seven years as Fresno State head coach, retiring in 2002.
While the multiple Final Fours and national titles are amazing among themselves, Tarkanian had zero losing seasons and only two seasons where he won less than 20 games in his 31 years as a head coach.