Tarkanian On Naismith Basketball Hall Of Fame Ballot
Jan. 9, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Former UNLV men's basketball head coach Jerry Tarkanian is one of 31 nominees from the North American Committee on this year's ballot for selection into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.
To advance to the final round of voting, nominees must be on seven of the nine screening committee members' ballots. The results of that vote will be revealed Feb. 15 during NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.
Once on the final ballot, to gain induction candidates must receive at least 18 votes from the Hall's 24-member selection committee. The 2013 induction class will be revealed April 8 at the Final Four in Atlanta.
Tarkanian, who is making his fourth bid to be enshrined in Springfield, Mass., had the court at the Thomas & Mack Center named in his honor on Nov. 26, 2005.
During 19 years at the helm of the Runnin' Rebels (1973-1992), Tarkanian shaped an uptempo and aggressive style that captivated fans in Las Vegas, and across the nation. Posting a 509-105 (.829) record at UNLV, he took four teams to the NCAA Final Four, winning the national championship in 1990 in a 103-73 runaway over Duke - the highest margin of victory in NCAA tournament championship game history.
A member of UNLV's athletic hall of fame, Tarkanian is one of only two coaches to see his number retired. Tarkanian, known to fans as the towel-chewing "Tark the Shark," never had a losing season while at UNLV.
At the school, Tarkanian coached 13 players recognized as All-Americans a total of 20 times. He won 11 regular season conference championships, seven conference tournament titles and made 12 NCAA Tournament appearances, including a string of nine straight. He was an eight-time conference coach of the year and was named UPI's National Coach of the Year in 1983.
Over 31 seasons as a Division I head coach, Tarkanian amassed 729 wins, with just 201 losses for a career winning percentage of .784, ranking 10th all-time among NCAA Division I men's basketball coaches. His 729 wins ranks 21st in NCAA history.
Tarkanian was the second fastest coach to reach 700 career wins in NCAA history, behind only Kentucky's Adolph Rupp. Overall, he won 900 games in a 38-year college coaching career (including junior college).