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Another part of Jerry Tarkanian’s history is the stories of his recruiting exploits.  There is a wonderful story told by Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports.  It goes something like this:   In 1985, the President of UNLV (Robert Maxon) decided they needed more intelligent kids enrolled at the university.  So, he came up with the idea that any student in the country who was named valedictorian of their high school class would receive a full academic scholarship if they enrolled at UNLV.  There was a 6’10’ kid, a fine basketball player, serving time in the El Paso de Robles Youth Correctional Facility, for robbery.  Tark went to the prison and spoke with the kid on the phone through the glass.  The kid had earned his GED while behind bars and was their valedictorian.  Tark got the idea that this guy would qualify for the free academic scholarship, which would get him a good player and another athletic scholarship to use for his program.  The fellow’s name was Clifford Allen.  So Tark had Allen sign a Letter of Intent to play for UNLV upon his release.  It didn’t work out.  After being released and before Allen could play, he was caught stealing cars in LA and returned to prison.  Although very few of his kids actually graduated from UNLV, Tark always claimed he had successfully recruited a valedictorian for his program.
                                                           Andy Purvis


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So Tark had Allen sign a Letter of Intent to play for UNLV upon his release.
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