April 22, 1990
Former NCAA chief Walter Byers says Nevada Las Vegas basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian "beat the system" in his 13-year battle with the governing body of college sports. "He's a man who worked the system and beat the system," Byers said in his first interview since retiring as executive director in 1987. "There is a legal bromide about justice delayed is justice denied. The story of this case proves that."
February 18, 1997
Jerry Tarkanian returned to town Monday night and came away a loser. The former Nevada Las Vegas coach watched the Runnin' Rebels post a 78-64 victory over his current team, Fresno State, at Thomas and Mack Center. UNLV, 16-7 overall and 8-4 in the Western Athletic Conference, got 15 points and 21 rebounds from Warren Rosegreen. Fresno State is 16-10 and 8-4.
June 26, 1991 |
Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian of Nevada Las Vegas denied Tuesday that he had signed ticket request forms for convicted sports fixer Richard Perry. A Las Vegas television station reported Monday night that an investigation by the Nevada attorney general's office will reveal a new link between the Rebel program and Perry. Photos have been published showing three former Rebel players in a hot tub with Perry.
February 5, 1996 |
The votes are in. And the second-guessing is about to begin as the Basketball Hall of Fame announces this year's inductees today. One of the most closely watched names to come out of the nominating committee is that of Jerry Tarkanian, who has the best winning percentage of any college coach in the history of the game and a long record of run-ins with the NCAA. Tarkanian is one of five coaches, 14 players and one contributor considered by the Honors Committee.
April 14, 1991 |
The big question facing Jerry Tarkanian all season was whether his Runnin' Rebels could rewrite the record books by going undefeated and winning a second straight national title. Those heady days over, the question now is whether Tarkanian still has a future in college basketball. And a figure from one of the sport's darkest chapters could be involved in the answer.
March 2, 1990 |
Second-ranked Nevada-Las Vegas' two-point victory over Utah State left Rebels Coach Jerry Tarkanian relieved but irritated--and also soaked. "We couldn't guard them after five or six minutes," Tarkanian grumbled after the 84-82 Big West victory Thursday night. "We weren't guarding anybody. We weren't working defensively," said Tarkanian, who got drenched when a water bomb went off behind the UNLV bench just before the second half began.
March 25, 1990 |
He gazes up with those big raccoon eyes. That Bowery Boys face. He says something funny. Something suitably goofy. He tells you: "Never hire an assistant coach who owns a set of golf clubs or a camper." Then he tells you why. Or he tells you: "Europe is overrated." Then he tells you why. You laugh. You laugh with him, or maybe you laugh at him. Either way, he's got you. It is the way Jerry Tarkanian has won over outsiders for years. Nobody in Nevada needs to be won over.
October 20, 1992 |
Robert Maxson, president of the University of Nevada Las Vegas, defended his administration Monday while decrying a "campaign of dirty tricks" he claimed supporters of former basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian waged against the school. Maxson, appearing in front of a legislative subcommittee in Las Vegas investigating events surrounding Tarkanian's resignation, criticized those who have questioned his credibility and blamed them for trying to sabotage the university.
December 31, 1991 |
After 20 years, the feud between Jerry Tarkanian and the NCAA might be headed for a final showdown in court. Santa Ana attorney Terry Giles filed a lawsuit accusing the NCAA of using "enforcement atrocities" to drive Tarkanian from coaching. Tarkanian's wife, Lois, was listed as a counter-claimant because, Giles said, the NCAA also has caused emotional and financial harm to her.
February 20, 1992 |
Attorneys for Nevada Las Vegas basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian have set the stage for a possible fight to keep him coaching the Runnin' Rebels past the end of the current season. Tarkanian, though, said he hasn't made up his mind whether to try to rescind his resignation, which will become effective after the March 3 game against Utah State. "I haven't decided anything," said Tarkanian, whose supporters claim the university conspired to force him to resign. "I just don't know right now.