Former UNLV Coach Tarkanian in Good Condition After Heart Attack

Former University of Nevada-Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is in good condition after suffering a mild heart attack yesterday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The 81-year-old Tarkanian, who coached at the collegiate level for 38 seasons and led the Runnin’ Rebels to a national championship in 1990, was taken to MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas yesterday. His daughter, Jodie Diamant, told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Tarkanian started wheezing during a doctor’s visit and tests found he had a heart attack.

Tarkanian will stay another night at MountainView as a precaution, hospital spokeswoman Amanda Powell said.

“He is stable and he is in good condition,” Powell said in a telephone interview.

Tarkanian retired as a coach in 2002 after compiling a 778- 202 record at UNLV, Fresno State and Long Beach State. He never had a losing season.

Tarkanian led UNLV to the Final Four of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament in 1990 and 1991. He was forced to resign in 1992 after published photos showed three former players in a hot tub with a man who was convicted of fixing basketball games. He went to Fresno State, his alma mater, in 1996 and led the Bulldogs to six straight 20-win seasons before retiring following a 19-15 campaign in 2001-02.

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