UNLV announces Jerry Tarkanian Legacy Project

Krista Hostetler

UNLV announces Jerry Tarkanian Legacy Project

CREATED May. 1, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Jerry Tarkanian, the former UNLV Runnin' Rebels coach, will forever be immortalized outside the Thomas & Mack Center where he led the Rebs to countless basketball victories.

UNLV announced the Jerry Tarkanian Legacy Project Wednesday afternoon on campus.

Tarkanian was on hand for the announcement and was honored with a bronze statue.

Once completed, the statue is expected to be unveiled at 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 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."

The statue is a permanent reminder of the legendary, former head coach of the Runnin' Rebels Basketball Team.