Runnin' Rebel: Shark Tales of "Extra Benefits," Frank Sinatra, and Winning It All

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No matter where his basketball travels took him during his 31 seasons in NCAA Division I college basketball, controversy was never been far behind Jerry Tarkanian. The legendary former coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels proved himself to be one of the greatest coaches in the game’s history, however, amassing an incredible overall record of 778–202, more wins than all but a handful of other coaches. His 19 seasons of amazing success and breathtaking teams in Las Vegas are the foundation of Jerry Tarkanian’s ...

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Overview

No matter where his basketball travels took him during his 31 seasons in NCAA Division I college basketball, controversy was never been far behind Jerry Tarkanian. The legendary former coach of the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels proved himself to be one of the greatest coaches in the game’s history, however, amassing an incredible overall record of 778–202, more wins than all but a handful of other coaches. His 19 seasons of amazing success and breathtaking teams in Las Vegas are the foundation of Jerry Tarkanian’s revealing and often hilarious autobiography, Runnin’ Rebel, a book poised to reveal the skeletons in the closet of the NCAA and some of the biggest names and programs in college basketball over the past thirty-five years. Runnin' Rebel is Jerry Tarkanian unplugged, dishing his wildest, most ridiculous, and most hilarious recruiting stories, capers, and tales from a colorful career as college basketball’s ultimate loveable rogue. “Tark the Shark,” as fans affectionately called him, details dirty tricks, recruiting battles, and so much more in this one-of-a-kind memoir. A must-have for any college basketball fan.

"Runnin' Rebel" is Tarkanian unplugged, dishing his wildest, most ridiculous, and most hilarious recruiting stories, capers, and tales from a colorful career as college basketball's ultimate lovable rogue.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781613212141
  • Publisher: Sports Publishing LLC
  • Publication date: 3/6/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 970,908
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Jerry Tarkanian was one of the most successful basketball coaches in NCAA history. He began coaching high school basketball in 1956 and moved into college basketball in 1961. Tarkanian is best known for the success achieved while head coach of the Runnin’ Rebels at the University of Nevada. He retired from coaching in 2002.

Dan Wetzel is a national sports columnist for Yahoo! Sports. The award-winning sportswriter, author, and screenwriter has covered all levels of basketball, as well as college football, the NFL, Major League Baseball, and the NHL. He was previously national college basketball columnist for CBS Sports online and has won numerous national writing awards. He has also been featured in several editions of The Best American Sports Writing and is the coauthor of the critically acclaimed investigative book Sole Influence. Wetzel graduated with a political science degree from the University of Massachusetts.

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