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Photo by Amy Bouchard UNLV Alumni Association

Photo by Amy Bouchard

UNLV Alumni Association

In the weeks since his passing, Jerry Tarkanian has been fondly remembered as a loyal family man, a trusted friend, a Vegas icon, a second father, a believer in second chances, a fighter, a mentor, an innovator, a towel-chomper, a Hall of Famer and a humble champion. As much as anything, though, the UNLV coaching legend will be remembered for possessing one of the greatest nicknames in sports history: Tark the Shark. So it was only fitting that the old “Tark Shark”—once a fixture at the Thomas & Mack Center during the Runnin’ Rebels’ heyday—was transported from its current home at the Las Vegas Natural History Museum to its original tank for the March 1 public celebration of Tarkanian’s life.