Las Vegas – Legendary former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian will be honored with a statue outside the building that he made famous as part of a legacy project announced by the UNLV Alumni Association on Wednesday.

Tarkanian, who earlier this month was announced as the first UNLV player or coach to be voted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, will have his legacy permanently honored in front of the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Jerry Tarkanian Legacy Project has been launched to fund the design, creation and installation of the statue as well as establishing a scholarship fund in his name. All funding for the project will come from private donations. Fans can donate now by visiting the website Once completed, the statue is expected to be unveiled in a dedication ceremony sometime this summer.

“Thank you everybody,” Tarkanian said before receiving a standing ovation. “It’s a real nice honor. It means a lot to me, my family and the (former) players. It’s really nice that the kids who were in the program are now being recognized for their accomplishments.”


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