An artist rendering of the Jerry Tarkanian statue which will be dedicated Wednesday, Oct. 30. (UNLV)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
It's a day Runnin' Rebels fans have been anticipating for a long time. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, a bronze statue of former coach Jerry Tarkanian will be revealed.
The dedication ceremony is set for 3 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center Outdoor Plaza. Tarkanian, current men's basketball head coach Dave Rice and many more will be on hand.
The 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 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 cost an estimated $150,000 and was funded entirely by private donations.
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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