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October 21, 2014

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Runnin’ Rebels resurrected: UNLV is not only embracing the past but finding new success

When the music from Jaws grew deafening and the clapping reached a crescendo, Anthony Bennett, a prized 19-year-old freshman playing in his first college exhibition, looked around at the frenzied scene inside Thomas & Mack Center and thought everyone had gone mad.

Bennett had no idea to whom the pregame ritual paid homage . He had no sense of the significance of the shark motif or why its return spoke volumes about where UNLV is now and how it took 20 years to reconcile a complicated legacy.

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