The Rebels Are Sexy

It’s a story consisting of dominance and deception, cheating and racism, mobsters and celebrities—and even 20 years later, it still captures much of the public’s imagination. Reporter Kevin Cook takes a look at the Jerry Tarkanian era at UNLV in the December issue of Playboy, beginning with the social climate in Las Vegas before his arrival in 1972 and concluding with his tumultuous departure from UNLV in 1992. The story of how Tarkanian turned “Tumbleweed Tech” into a national powerhouse will allow you to say “I only read Playboy for the articles” and keep a straight face for the first time in your life.