College basketball coach known as "Tark the Shark." He complied a career 706-198 record and is best known for his long tenure at the helm of UNLV.
He played basketball for Fresno State.
He sued the NCAA during his coaching tenure at UNLV. His case had to be decided in the Supreme Court.
His son, Danny Tarkanian, was an Academic All-American college basketball player.
He coached against Grant Hill and the Duke Blue Devils in the 1990-91 NCAA tournament.