Former Rebels coach Tarkanian to undergo spinal-cord surgery

Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is expected to undergo spinal-cord surgery Friday morning.

His son Danny Tarkanian said the operation is needed because Tarkanian, 79, has a bone spur compressing his spinal cord and inhibiting his ability to walk.

The operation, originally scheduled for Tuesday at Scripps Memorial Hospital near San Diego, was postponed because Tarkanian’s blood was too thin.

“He’s all right. He’s not in discomfort. He’s just on a lot of medication and a little disoriented,” Danny Tarkanian said. “They say it’s a pretty standard procedure, so hopefully there won’t be a lot of danger involved.”

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