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Tarkanian honored with dimmed lights on Strip, downtown

LAS VEGAS -- At 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night The Strip, Fremont Street and other parts of the valley dimmed their lights for three minutes to honor legendary UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian. 

PHOTOS: Dimming the Lights for Tark

It's done to show respect for those who have had a deep impact on the city.  The push to dim the lights for Tarkanian started as a social media movement right after his death.

'Tark the Shark' as he was lovingly called was a Hall of Famer who built a basketball dynasty at UNLV, but he was defined more by his decades-long battle with the NCAA.

Tarkanian put the run in the Runnin' Rebels, taking them to four Final Fours and winning a national championship in 1990.

Tarkanian died Feb. 11 after several years of health issues. He was 84.

PHOTOS: Remembering Coach Tark

Dimming of the lights on the Strip has only been done for seven other people, like Elvis Presley and Ronald Reagan to name a couple.

A public memorial will be held for the beloved coach on March 1 at 2 p.m. at the Thomas and Mack Center.


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