Jerry Tarkanian had heart attack

LAS VEGAS -- Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is hospitalized and recovering from a "mild heart attack," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported early Wednesday.

Tarkanian's daughter, Jodie Diamant, told the newspaper that her 81-year-old father was alert and joking after being moved into intensive care.

Said Tarkanian's son, Danny: "It was a mild heart attack. Supposedly, he's OK right now. He said he feels pretty good, but he was scared."

Diamant told the Review-Journal that Tarkanian started wheezing during a doctor's visit and was taken to MountainView Hospital. An EKG test revealed Tarkanian was having a heart attack.

Diamant says he was experiencing no chest pains or other symptoms.