Basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian 'very critical' at Las Vegas hospital; family at his side

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FILE - In this March 1, 2014, file photo, Jerry Tarkanian is escorted by his son, Danny, during halftime ceremonies honoring the former basketball coach at Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif. Family members say Hall of Fame basketball coach Tarkanian is hospitalized in Las Vegas with breathing trouble and some type of infection. Son Danny Tarkanian on Tuesday characterized his father’s condition as “minute by minute.” He says his 84-year-old father was taken by ambulance Monday, Feb. 10, 2015, to Valley Hospital Medical Center after his blood oxygen fell to dangerous levels. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)


LAS VEGAS — A family member says Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian remains hospitalized in very critical condition in Las Vegas, with family members at his side.

A son-in-law, Dr. Zafi Diamant, said Tuesday that the 84-year-old Tarkanian was fighting a respiratory ailment and infection for which he was taken by ambulance to a hospital Monday.

Son Danny Tarkanian characterized his father's condition as "minute by minute." He said earlier that doctors were trying to stabilize his father's condition and identify the infection.

It's the third hospitalization in 10 months for the coach dubbed "Tark the Shark."

He had his second heart attack in April and was treated for pneumonia in November.

Tarkanian led three schools to the NCAA tournament, including the 1990 UNLV team that won a national title.

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