Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian hospitalized

Jerry Tarkanian was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2013.

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LAS VEGAS — Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has been admitted to a Las Vegas hospital after relatives say he was feeling weak and having trouble breathing.

Tarkanian’s son, Danny Tarkanian, says his 83-year-old father was also struggling to keep his eyes open when he was taken to Valley Hospital on Wednesday night.

The elder Tarkanian remained sedated at the hospital Thursday morning while doctors tried to determine what was behind his ailments.

Tarkanian was inducted last year into the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame. He took three schools to the NCAA tournament but is best known for his teams at UNLV that made four Final Four appearances and won it all in 1990.


The coach won 784 games in his career, 509 of them at UNLV.