College basketball legend Jerry Tarkanian passed away on Wednesday at 84 years of age.
Tarkanian built a dynasty in the desert with UNLV, but what really defined his legacy was his battles with the NCAA.
Those who knew him remembered him fondly.
Coach Tark, my father, the greatest man I have ever known, passed today, to take his place in heaven. I will miss him every day of my life.— Danny Tarkanian (@DannyTarkanian) February 11, 2015
Jerry Tarkanian was a great teacher and motivator, often taking a chance on players when nobody else would. you will be missed. #RIP— Leon Powe (@Leon_Powe) February 11, 2015
In Memoriam of Coach Jerry Tarkanian. 1930-2015.— Thomas & Mack Center (@ThomasAndMack) February 11, 2015
The first basketball team that caught my interest as a child was the UNLV Running Rebels. All because of you Jerry Tarkanian, Thank You! RIP— Josh Thomson (@THEREALPUNK) February 11, 2015
R.I.P. To the Great Jerry Tarkanian. We Lost Two Hall of Fame College Bball Legends This Week. Thoughts n Prayers to their Families.— Jason Thompson (@jtthekid) February 11, 2015
Deep in the sadness of losing my friend Jerry Tarkanian pic.twitter.com/Xde7Og1Mj1— Bill Walton (@BillWalton) February 12, 2015