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Ex-UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian hospitalized with breathing trouble


Former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is in a Las Vegas hospital due to breathing trouble and an undisclosed type of infection, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Associated Press.

His son, Danny, told the AP that Tarkanian's condition is "minute by minute." Tarkanian was taken by ambulance on Monday to Valley Hospital Medical Center after being unresponsive when doctors attempted to get his blood pressure elevated.

The 84-year-old Hall of Fame coach was in the hospital’s intensive care unit earlier Monday.

“It was very scary," Tarkanian’s wife, Lois, told the Review-Journal. "The doctors don't know what happened. But unfortunately that's how these things happen."

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Tarkanian was hospitalized in November after being treated for pneumonia and spent over a week in the hospital in April 2014 after having a second heart attack.

Tarkanian had a 761-202 record in 30 seasons as a collegiate head coach with Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State before retiring in 2002. He coached his teams to 18 NCAA tournament appearances and four Final Fours.

With UNLV, he had a 509-105 record in 19 seasons and led the Rebels to the NCAA championship in 1990.

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