1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels: The NCAA’s Unwanted Champions Part II

Posted in Blogroll on April 11th, 2011 by Ron Glover

Dating back to his days at Long Beach State, Jerry Tarkanian has been in the cross hairs of the NCAA for alleged violations. But it wasn’t until he arrived at UNLV where Tark really became the NCAA’s Most Wanted. Even in the glow of his first national championship, the NCAA sought to keep the Rebels from defending their title because of the violations dating back to 1977. In the summer of 1990, a deal was made to have the Rebels defend their title as they agreed to forgo the 1992 tournament. An attempt at sabotage by UNLV President Robert Maxson, put Tarkanian’s job and the basketball program that he took to mystical heights in dire straits.

With history at stake – neither Tarkanian or the Rebels could trust anyone outside of their own locker room.

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