March 21, 2007 |
The Stardust hotel, imploded last week, is a pile of rubble but "Titanic, the Exhibition," is back "by popular demand" at the Tropicana. Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter may also be sinking fast after allegedly punching a Cincinnati Bengal over blackjack at the Palms. Danny Gans is playing the Mirage; David Hasselhoff is starring down the Strip in "The Producers." And, perhaps the biggest news, Nevada Las Vegas basketball has reunited and is taking its act to St. Louis.
April 27, 2004 |
With college basketball's late signing period in full swing, it seems the most important recruit new Nevada Las Vegas Coach Lon Kruger should bag is a familiar face -- former Rebel coach Jerry Tarkanian. At least that's the opinion of Review-Journal columnist Joe Hawk, who is on a campaign to have UNLV rename the court at the Thomas & Mack Center after the Shark, just as UCLA named the floor at Pauley Pavilion after Nell and John Wooden.
March 10, 2003 |
They call it the House That Tark Built, a $100-million palace that rises out of an old alfalfa field at the edge of Fresno State University. That the patrons of this farming capital have dug deep in their pockets to erect not a concert hall or museum but a Taj Mahal for college basketball says something about the state of culture and entertainment here.
December 29, 2002 |
Retired college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has had it with his outlaw image, as he told the Las Vegas Sun's Dean Juipe. "I'm always made to look like the bad guy," Tarkanian said. "All the [stuff] I've taken over the years and not once has anyone found anything resembling a serious violation." Wrote Juipe: "He was repeatedly targeted by the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. and all but despised by occasional critics.
April 3, 2002 |
USC Coach Henry Bibby acknowledged Tuesday that retired Fresno State Coach Jerry Tarkanian approached him at the Final Four and inquired about the possibility of finding a spot on Bibby's staff for his son, Danny, who had been an assistant to his father in Fresno since 1995. "He asked me about it but I don't have an opening," Bibby said. "Nobody's looking to go anywhere."
March 15, 2002 |
Liking Jerry Tarkanian, rooting for him even when his players weren't graduating or sometimes even going to class, when they'd be arrested or suspended, when his team was on probation or headed there, has always been a guilty pleasure. Despite the sleazy image of his players in a hot tub with a convicted sports fixer, the academic shortcomings in most of his programs, the players who tried their luck with samurai swords as weapons of destruction, despite his career-long battle with the NCAA and all the recruiting irregularities, Tark was hard to root against.