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See images of Jerry Tarkanian through the years. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.

Fresno State basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian receives a hug from Mustafa Al-Sayyad as he walks off the court for the final time Wednesday, March 13, 2002, in Fresno, Calif. Fresno State lost to Temple, 81-75 in what would be Tarkanian's final game. The 71-year-old coach announced his retirement Friday, March 15, 2002, and will become a $120,000-a-year consultant for Fresno State, his alma mater. Tarkanian, a previous finalist for induction in the Basketball Hall of Fame, finished with a 778-202 record. He had 29 20-win seasons, and only Dean Smith had more with 30.
Fresno State basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian receives a hug from Mustafa Al-Sayyad as he walks off the court for the final time Wednesday, March 13, 2002, in Fresno, Calif. Fresno State lost to Temple, 81-75 in what would be Tarkanian's final game. The 71-year-old coach announced his retirement Friday, March 15, 2002, and will become a $120,000-a-year consultant for Fresno State, his alma mater. Tarkanian, a previous finalist for induction in the Basketball Hall of Fame, finished with a 778-202 record. He had 29 20-win seasons, and only Dean Smith had more with 30.
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Jerry Tarkanian, Fresno State basketball coach, gives his team a pep talk during a match against New Mexico State, in Fresno, Calif. Tuesday, Jan 2, 1996.  After years of mediocrity, Fresno State has a winning basketball team again.  But there have been several police incidents involving Bulldogs players and coaches this season and  both developments have happened in Jerry Tarkanian's first year as coach at Fresno State.
Jerry Tarkanian, Fresno State basketball coach, gives his team a pep talk during a match against New Mexico State, in Fresno, Calif. Tuesday, Jan 2, 1996. After years of mediocrity, Fresno State has a winning basketball team again. But there have been several police incidents involving Bulldogs players and coaches this season and both developments have happened in Jerry Tarkanian's first year as coach at Fresno State.
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University of Nevada-Las Vegas head coach Jerry Tarkanian sits and bites into a towel instead of his fingernails during the final moments of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association semi-final championship game against Long Beach State in Los Angeles, March 12, 1983. Assistant coach Tim Grgurich watches intently as a UNLV fan behind him dressed as Pres. Reagan prepares to jubilate. Las Vegas beat Long Beach 67-64.
University of Nevada-Las Vegas head coach Jerry Tarkanian sits and bites into a towel instead of his fingernails during the final moments of the Pacific Coast Athletic Association semi-final championship game against Long Beach State in Los Angeles, March 12, 1983. Assistant coach Tim Grgurich watches intently as a UNLV fan behind him dressed as Pres. Reagan prepares to jubilate. Las Vegas beat Long Beach 67-64.
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Fresno State honors their former coaching legend and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Jerry Tarkanian, by retiring his jersey at halftime during the San Diego State and Fresno State NCAA college basketball game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014.
Fresno State honors their former coaching legend and recent Hall of Fame inductee, Jerry Tarkanian, by retiring his jersey at halftime during the San Diego State and Fresno State NCAA college basketball game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Mar. 1, 2014.
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In this Nov. 15, 1995, file photo, Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his team play Weber State during the preseason NIT in Fresno, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this Nov. 15, 1995, file photo, Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his team play Weber State during the preseason NIT in Fresno, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this March 26, 1977, file photo, UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian holds his head in final moments of an NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal against North Carolina in Atlanta.
In this March 26, 1977, file photo, UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian holds his head in final moments of an NCAA college basketball tournament semifinal against North Carolina in Atlanta.
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In this Nov. 26, 2005, file photo, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian waves to the crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this Nov. 26, 2005, file photo, former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian waves to the crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this Dec. 17, 2012, file photo, former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his granddaughter, Northwestern center Dannielle Diamant, during Northwestern's NCAA college basketball game against California in Evanston, Ill. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this Dec. 17, 2012, file photo, former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his granddaughter, Northwestern center Dannielle Diamant, during Northwestern's NCAA college basketball game against California in Evanston, Ill. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this April 2, 1990, file photo, UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian chews on his towel while watching his team play Duke in the championship game of the NCAA college basketball Final Four in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this April 2, 1990, file photo, UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian chews on his towel while watching his team play Duke in the championship game of the NCAA college basketball Final Four in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this April 3, 1990, file photo, Jerry Tarkanian and his players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Duke for the national championship in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this April 3, 1990, file photo, Jerry Tarkanian and his players celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Duke for the national championship in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this April 1, 1990, file photo, Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzawksi and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian meet in passing between press conferences for the NCAA Championship game in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84..
In this April 1, 1990, file photo, Duke University head coach Mike Krzyzawksi and UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian meet in passing between press conferences for the NCAA Championship game in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84..
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In this June 19, 1991, file photo, UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Commerce Committee on reform of intercollegiate athletics.  Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this June 19, 1991, file photo, UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Commerce Committee on reform of intercollegiate athletics. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this Nov. 15, 1995, file photo, Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his team play Weber State during the preseason NIT in Fresno, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this Nov. 15, 1995, file photo, Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his team play Weber State during the preseason NIT in Fresno, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this Sept. 8, 2013, file photo, inductee Jerry Tarkanian, below, receives a warm welcome from the crowd as Hall of Famer Bill Walton, top, applauds during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this Sept. 8, 2013, file photo, inductee Jerry Tarkanian, below, receives a warm welcome from the crowd as Hall of Famer Bill Walton, top, applauds during the enshrinement ceremony for the 2013 class of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame at Symphony Hall in Springfield, Mass. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this April 2, 1990, file photo, UNLV players Moses Scurry, left, and Anderson Hunt hug coach Jerry Tarkanian after the team's 103-73 victory over Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament Final Four championship game in Denver.  Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this April 2, 1990, file photo, UNLV players Moses Scurry, left, and Anderson Hunt hug coach Jerry Tarkanian after the team's 103-73 victory over Duke in the NCAA college basketball tournament Final Four championship game in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this April 2, 1990, file photo UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian flashes a big smile during a press conference prior to facing Duke in the NCAA Final Four in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this April 2, 1990, file photo UNLV head coach Jerry Tarkanian flashes a big smile during a press conference prior to facing Duke in the NCAA Final Four in Denver. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Jerry Tarkanian is escorted by his son, Danny, during halftime ceremonies honoring the former Fresno State coach, in Fresno, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Jerry Tarkanian is escorted by his son, Danny, during halftime ceremonies honoring the former Fresno State coach, in Fresno, Calif. Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian, who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV but was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, in Las Vegas after several years of health issues. He was 84.
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In this March 16, 1986, file photo, UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian raises his arm in victory after his team defeated Maryland 70-64 in the second round of NCAA college basketball tournament Western regional in Long Beach, Calif.
In this March 16, 1986, file photo, UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian raises his arm in victory after his team defeated Maryland 70-64 in the second round of NCAA college basketball tournament Western regional in Long Beach, Calif.
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