Oral Histories

Interview of James Bush

UCLA head track and field coach. Interviewed because of connection to J.D. Morgan, UCLA tennis coach and athletic director.
Right Man at the Right Time: J. D. Morgan
Right Man at the Right Time: J.D. Morgan
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics Staff
Rose, David A.
Bush, James
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Series Statement:
This series documents the contribution of UCLA Athletics Coach J.D. Morgan through interviews with individuals who had worked with Morgan both inside and outside the UCLA community.
James Bush on his memories of J. D. Morgan: First encounter with Morgan; “This man runs a tight ship”; Morgan’s outstanding qualities as athletic director; Personal support in a tough year; Generosity to track and field program; Comprehensive knowledge of sports; Unwillingness to delegate authority; Techniques of interpersonal intimidation; Rivalry in track and field with USC; Failure to establish a UCLA invitational track meet; Morgan’s wariness of external influences; Involvement in NCAA; Foreign athlete controversy; Morgan’s professional relationship with Bush; Interest in track and field program; Feelings about women’s athletics; Problems of concentrating authority in one man; Special admission of athletes; Pressure to win; Impact of social climate of 1960s and ‘70s on intercollegiate athletics at UCLA; Bush’s relationship with John Wooden; Wooden’s relationship with Morgan; Morgan: judge and jury; Morgan’s legacy.