Jerry Tarkanian has no firm plans, but he has one major goal as he enters his post-UNLV era.
"No matter where I am next year and whether I'm coaching or not, I still want the truth to come out about what happened here," Tarkanian said.He may get his wish.
On the same day Tarkanian became the ex-coach of the Runnin' Rebels, the University of Nevada system Board of Regents scheduled a March 12 closed-door session to question UNLV president Robert Maxson about Tarkanian's resignation.
Regents chairwoman Carolyn Sparks issued a one-page news release Wednesday stating the personnel session is to "allow Dr. Maxson to answer any questions or concerns the Board of Regents may have concerning UNLV."
Tarkanian claims he was the victim of a conspiracy by Maxson and a handful of others who were jealous of his success at UNLV and forced him to resign last summer.
"I'm only angry at four or five people, that's all," he said. "There's a misconception. I really love the community and I really love UNLV. It's just a small percent of the people. I don't feel any resentment toward many people, but I feel a deep resentment toward four or five people at the university."
Tarkanian has called for an independent investigation of the alleged conspiracy, and said he plans to see himself vindicated no matter where he goes or what he is doing next season.
"I won't walk away from a fight. I'm pretty tough-skinned," Tarkanian said. "I have to think the university will do what's right. I'm willing to carry this on and I hope the university realize what they did was ethically and morally wrong."
Tarkanian, who left UNLV as college basketball's all-time winningest coach by percentage, was undecided over breakfast Wednesday what he would do in the near future.
"I have a lot of things to do, but they're fun things, nothing big," he said.
He said he would go to his office, make some calls and then go about his life. Unanswered were questions about whether he'd coach next year and whether he'd fight to stay at UNLV, from where he rescinded his resignation.
Maxson has already said Tarkanian's resignation is final and that the school is looking for another coach.
Tarkanian had said recently he would like to coach at another school and indicated Wednesday there were some offers on the table, but he wouldn't elaborate.
"It would take a very unusual situation, I know that," he said. "I'd probably be better off in the NBA. I think I could do something in the NBA, whether it be coaching, scouting, the front office. I have a lot of good friends in the NBA, and some are owners. I have possibilities there, if that's what I want to do."
His immediate plans call for a weekend reunion in Palm Springs, Calif., with his former college roommates. Then he will receive the City of Hope Award in Los Angeles on March 11. Then it's the Final Four as a spectator.
The current UNLV players are expected to file a lawsuit on Friday trying to gain eligibility for the NCAA tournament. They were banned this year as a settlement of the 12-year struggle between Tarkanian and the NCAA over due process, an issue that reached the Supreme Court, which ruled in the NCAA's favor.