Tarkanian doing better, but remains in intensive care

Jerry Tarkanian was making progress Friday but the Hall of Fame basketball coach remains in intensive care at Valley Hospital after being admitted Wednesday night after complaining of not feeling well.

According to his son Danny, Tarkanian, 83, was feeling better Friday and was in stable condition. But doctors were still running tests on Tarkanian’s heart as the former UNLV coach has had a history of heart issues.

“He’s doing a lot better,” Danny Tarkanian said. “The doctors took the breathing tube out which was a good sign. But he’s still too weak.

“The doctors have been great. They’ve been on top of things and my father is getting great care and our family really appreciates everything Valley is doing for him.”

Danny Tarkanian said he wasn’t sure when his father would be moved from the ICU, much less when he would be discharged and sent home.

“It’s way too early,” he said of a possible discharge date. “We’re just taking everything a day at a time. Hopefully they’ll move him out of the ICU in a couple of days when he’s strong enough.”

Tarkanian, who coached 19 years at UNLV and took the Rebels to four Final Fours and won the 1990 national championship, attended this year’s Final Four last weekend in North Texas and returned to Las Vegas Monday. Early Wednesday evening, he was sweating profusely and complained he was not feeling well. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital and has remained there since.

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

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