Jerry Tarkanian remains hospitalized with pneumonia

Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has made substantial improvement in the past 24 hours, but he remains hospitalized after contracting pneumonia Wednesday.

“Jerry is doing much better,” his wife, Lois, said Thursday afternoon. “He does have pneumonia, which the doctors didn’t diagnose until Wednesday night. But he’s still being watched very closely, and the doctors want to be very careful with him.”

Tarkanian, 84, was admitted to Valley Hospital Medical Center after struggling to breathe and having low blood pressure Wednesday morning. He remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

Lois Tarkanian said she wasn’t sure when her husband would be released from the hospital.

“Right now, there’s no timetable,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll have him home for the (Thanksgiving) holiday next week. But that’s going to be up to the doctors.”

Tarkanian coached at UNLV for 19 years and guided the Rebels to four Final Fours, including the 1990 national championship. In 2013, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Contact reporter Steve Carp at or 702-387-2913. Follow him on Twitter: @stevecarprj

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