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Jerry Tarkanian headed to Basketball HOF

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

It's a day UNLV fans have been waiting on for years.

On Friday, word spread that legendary Runnin' Rebels head coach Jerry Tarkanian will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Tarkanian built the Runnin' Rebels and led them to four Final Fours and the 1990 NCAA Championship. Multiple sources on Friday confirmed to FOX5 the coach will soon be able to call himself a Hall of Famer. The announcement will be made official on Monday.

"I think this is a long time coming," said former Rebel Freddie Banks, who played on the 1987 Final Four team. "I think coach deserves to be in before he passes on."

"Everybody knows who Jerry is. He's kind of the face for the sports programs at UNLV, and I think he will be for a very long time," said former Runnin' Rebel Robert Smith, part of the 1977 Final Four squad. "I think as far as what he did on the court, I don't think you can question that."

Tarkanian was and still is one of the biggest Las Vegas icons, arriving at UNLV in 1973 and helming the Runnin' Rebels until 1992. He boasts 509 wins in that time.

Tarkanian was hounded by NCAA investigators for the majority of his 31-year coaching career. While Tarkanian was not found to have violated any rules while at UNLV, the allegations have kept him from the Hall of Fame.

"We're excited Coach Tark has the opportunity to be in a spot he deserves, the Hall of Fame," said current UNLV head coach Dave Rice.

Tarkanian is now 82 years old and his health has deteriorated. He's currently in Atlanta for the Final Four.

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