Thursday, February 19, 2015

Las Vegas goes dark in honor of Jerry Tarkanian (PHOTO)

Just as it has for only a select few of the city's brightest stars, the lights along the Las Vegas strip and other spots in the city went dark late Wednesday night in honor of former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian.

Most Strip casinos dimmed their non-essential exterior bulbs for a few minutes in a tribute to the beloved Hall of Fame coach.

Tarkanian, who led the Runnin’ Rebels to four Final Four appearances and the 1990 national championship, died on Feb. 11 at the age of 84. 

The towel-chomping Tarkanian is the eighth individual in history to receive the tribute.  Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan (2004, most recent) as well as entertainers Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and George Burns are the previous honorees.

Earlier in the evening, at the nearby Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV shed a single spotlight on an empty 1990 Final Four chair and two of Tark the Shark's trademark white towels resting on top.

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