Coach Tarkanian Returning, Honorary Captains Named
Jerry Tarkanian both graduated from Fresno State and coached the men's basketball team from 1995-02
Jerry Tarkanian both graduated from Fresno State and coached the men's basketball team from 1995-02

Oct. 17, 2013

By Jason Clay

FRESNO, Calif. - Former Fresno State men's basketball coach and player Jerry Tarkanian is returning to Fresno this weekend for Homecoming and will be in attendance at the 17th-ranked Bulldogs' football game against UNLV.

During the first media timeout of the first quarter, Fresno State will have a special recognition thanking Tarkanian and honoring him for being inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 7.

Tarkanian, who played for the Bulldogs from 1954-55 and coached at Fresno State from 1995-02, led the 'Dogs to the postseason in each of his seven seasons. With a 104-79 overall record, Tarkanian ranks third all-time for most wins by a Fresno State head men's basketball coach behind Boyd Grant (194) and Ed Gregory (172).

Tarkanian coached at UNLV for 19 seasons and Long Beach State for five seasons. He finished with a Division I coaching record of 729-201.

In addition to Tarkanian returning to Fresno State this weekend, the honorary captains for the Bulldog football team this week will be Jeff Tedford and Kelly Skipper.

Tedford played at Fresno State in 1981 and 1982 and was also an assistant coach for the Bulldogs under both Jim Sweeney and Pat Hill. As a senior quarterback under Sweeney in 1982, Tedford led the Bulldogs to an 11-1 record, then setting a school record for wins in a season. Tedford threw for 2,993 yards and 24 touchdowns, which at the time were both school single-season records, during his senior season when he drew honorable mention All-America accolades.

Skipper also played (1985-88) and coached at Fresno State, also serving as an assistant coach under both Sweeney and Hill. A running back, Skipper rushed for 2,237 yards and 26 touchdowns in his four-year playing career. He helped lead the Bulldogs to a 36-9-1 record as a player and two conference championships.



Kickoff for Saturday's game between the 'Dogs and Rebels, who are both tied atop the West Division standings, is set for 7 p.m. from Bulldog Stadium. The game will be streamed live exclusively online by the Mountain West Network powered by Campus Insiders.

"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.

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