Oral Histories

Interview of Thomas J. Hamilton

Founding commissioner of the Athletic Association of Western Universities. Interviewed because of connection to J.D. Morgan, UCLA tennis coach and athletic director.
Subtitle:
Right Man at the Right Time: J. D. Morgan
Series:
Right Man at the Right Time: J.D. Morgan
Topic:
Sports
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics Staff
Interviewer:
Rose, David A.
Interviewee:
Hamilton, Thomas J.
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Language:
English
Copyright:
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.
Abstract:
Thomas J. Hamilton on his memories of J. D. Morgan: UCLA’s athletic department on the eve of Morgan’s directorship; Initial contact with Morgan; Morgan’s involvement on Rose Bowl Management Committee Admissions standards; Division of power between conference, NCAA, and universities; Morgan’s activity in NCAA; Rose Bowl TV revenues; New Rose Bowl selection system; Morgan’s effort to find a home football stadium for UCLA; Controversy surrounding Super Bowl being played in Rose Bowl; Military training and sports participation; Morgan’s strengths as athletic director; Personality and manner of speaking; Posture toward officiating-Involvement in coaching and recruiting; Building up of UCLA coaching staff; Impact of professional sports on intercollegiate athletics; Miscellaneous issues; Preventing women’s athletics developing the bad practices of men’s; Morgan’s vision of future of intercollegiate athletics; Morgan’s contribution to expanding athletic facilities at UCLA.