Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian ‘very critical’ in hospital

The Hall of Fame coach, seen here at a Rebels game in November, is ‘minute by minute.’ (Getty)

Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is in “very critical” condition in a Las Vegas hospital after being admitted Monday night, with son Danny Tarkanian characterizing his father’s condition as “minute by minute,” the Associated Press reported Tuesday night.

Dr. Zafi Diamant, Tarkanian’s son-in-law, said Tuesday that Tarkanian, 84, was fighting a respiratory ailment and infection. It’s the third hospitalization in 10 months for Tarkanian.

Tarkanian was admitted to a Las Vegas hospital’s intensive care unit unit Monday night after being unresponsive earlier in the day while being treated for low blood pressure and an infection, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“It was very scary,” Tarkanian’s wife, Lois, said Monday night. “The doctors don’t know what happened. But unfortunately that’s how these things happen.”

Tarkanian’s son Danny called his dad’s situation “very, very bad” around 9 p.m. PST on Monday. His father was hospitalized at 9:30 a.m. Monday and still communicating at around 2 p.m before his condition took a turn for the worse, Danny Tarkanian said.

Jerry Tarkanian has dealt with heart problems for several years. He was hospitalized for 10 days last April following his second heart attack.

Jerry Tarkanian was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2013. He coached at Long Beach State (1969-1973), UNLV (1973-1992) and Fresno State (1995-2002). He won the national championship with UNLV in 1989-90. He has a career 761-202 record.


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