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.
Subtitle:
Right Man at the Right Time: J. D. Morgan
Series:
Right Man at the Right Time: J.D. Morgan
Topic:
Sports
UCLA Intercollegiate Athletics Staff
UCLA and University of California History
Interviewer:
Rose, David A.
Interviewee:
Hessler, Fred
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:
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.