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Jerry Tarkanian statue rendering revealed

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The artist rendering of a Jerry Tarkanian statue which was unveiled on Wednesday. (UNLV) The artist rendering of a Jerry Tarkanian statue which was unveiled on Wednesday. (UNLV)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Following the announcement that former UNLV men's basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is headed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a rendering of a statue of the Runnin' Rebels legend has been unveiled.

The bronze statue will be located outside the Thomas & Mack Center. It depicts Tarkanian how many fans remember him best - sitting on his courtside chair, nervously chewing a towel.

The statue, created by classically trained sculptor Brian Hanlon, will feature an empty seat to Tarkanian's right, allowing fans to take pictures with the legendary coach.

Tarkanian was emotional as the rendering was unveiled before the media, friends, family, UNLV staff and former players.

"Thank you, everybody. It's a real nice honor. It means a lot to 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," he said.

"We owe Jerry a debt of gratitude and I think getting this out here and giving all of the fans the ability to have a seat with Jerry is going to be something that helps people remember the legacy," said UNLV President Dr. Neal Smatresk.

Tarkanian helmed the Rebels for 19 years, posting a 509-105 record and taking four teams to the NCAA Final Four. He won a national championship in 1990 with a devastating 103-73 win over Duke, still the highest margin of victory in NCAA Tournament championship history.

The statue will cost an estimated $150,000 and will be funded entirely by private donations. Fans may donate now at www.OneForTark.com.

The statue is part of the Jerry Tarkanian Legacy Project, which will also establish a scholarship to help student-athletes complete degrees.

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