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Jerry's return home a great Easter gift, his wife says

Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, left, listens during a news conference as Dave Rice, a former player and assistant coach, is introduced as the school's new men's basketball coach Monday, April 11, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (Julie Jacobson/AP Photo, AP2011)
Jerry Tarkanian, Dave Rice (Julie Jacobson/AP Photo, AP2011)
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Updated: 4/20 12:22 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & AP) -- Legendary basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is being released from the hospital this morning to return home.

News 3 has learned that the former UNLV Runnin' Rebels coach is coming home from Valley Hospital today, after being hospitalized since April 9.

Tarkanian was released at about 10:30 a.m. 

"We got home about 11 a.m. Jerry is sleeping and still weak, but it is great to have him home," Lois told News 3. "It is a great Easter present."

Tarkanian was hospitalized April 9 after attending the Final Four in North Texas, and complaining of weakness, lethargy and labored breathing. Doctors determined he had a heart attack.

His son, Danny, says while it was at least his father's second heart attack, family members are relieved that tests showed it didn't cause his heart condition to be "significantly worse."

He says his father was cheered by an outpouring of support from former players and friends during his hospitalization, including a phone call from Kentucky coach John Calipari several days ago.

A member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame, Tarkanian, 83, led three schools to the NCAA tournament, including the 1990 UNLV team that won a national title




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