Las Vegas Goes Dark For Tark, Dims Lights to Honor UNLV Basketball Coach

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Former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian attends a game between the UNLV Rebels

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Jerry Tarkanian was honored in a special way Wednesday night (Feb. 18), as the city of Las Vegas paid tribute to a Hall of Fame college basketball coach.

Tarkanian, also known as “Tark the Shark,” passed away on February 11 after battling years of health issues. He was 84.

The legendary men’s basketball coach is most remembered for his years at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Tark was the head coach for the Runnin’ Rebels from 1973-92. He led the Rebels to four Final Fours and won a national championship in 1990. Tark’s overall career record was an astonishing 706-198.

After Tark’s passing, a social media movement pushed for Vegas to “go dark” to honor the man who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV.

Vegas has only honored a select few by dimming the city’s lights. Sin City has paid homage to the passing of such greats as John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra.

Forty hotels and casinos turned their lights off for three minutes, as Tark joined that special group.

A public memorial will be held on March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center.