Oral Histories

Interview of Fred Hessler

UCLA football and basketball announcer. 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 Intercollegiate Athletics Staff
UCLA and University of California History
Rose, David A.
Hessler, Fred
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.
Fred Hessler on his memories of J. D. Morgan: Perceptions of UCLA’s athletic program prior to Morgan’s tenure; Contact with Morgan as tennis coach; Morgan’s appointment as athletic director; As prototype of the “new” athletic director; Removing Bill Barnes as head football coach; Morgan: “I am an excellent driver”; Rose Bowl representation controversy and point system; Morgan as negotiator; Relationship with Wooden; Arranging the Astrodome basketball extravaganza; Morgan’s criticism of officiating; Wooden and Morgan; Morgan’s skill in college sports marketing; As departmental troubleshooter; Relationship with the press; Broadcasting intercollegiate athletics; PCC breakup, Pac-8 expansion; Morgan’s attitude toward infractions of NCAA rules; NCAA control versus campus control of intercollegiate athletic programs.