(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–A bronze statute of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian was dedicated Wednesday at the Thomas and Mack Center.

And the real Tark was there too.

“This beautiful statue is a lasting tribute, and I am very appreciative”, said the 83 year old Tarkanian, who guided the Runnin Rebels basketball program to over 500 victories, four Final Four appearances and a national championship during his years at UNLV.

“The statue represents not only me, but all the players, coaches and staff members who were part of building the Runnin Rebels.”

The bronze statue was created by sculptor Brian Hanlon as part of the “Jerry Tarkanian Legacy Project” portrays the coach with his trademark towel in his mouth, and an empty chair alongside him, which is destined to become the frame for many photographs as fans have their picture taken seated next to the bronzed Tark, who is wearing a national championship ring.

Among the estimated 300 guests participating in the dedication was current UNLV coach Dave Rice, who was an assistant under Tarkanian in 1991-92.

Sculptor Hanlon took on the project in April, began work in June and finished in four months as Tarkanian was enshrined in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


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