Oral Histories

Interview of Douglas S. Hobbs

UCLA professor of political science, president of the Pac-10 Council of Faculty Athletic Representatives, and member of multiple National Collegiate Athletic Association committees. 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.
Hobbs, Douglas S.
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.
Douglas S. Hobbs on his memories of J. D. Morgan: First encounters; An incident that Morgan never forgot; Appointment as faculty representative; The Morgan cosmology; Morgan’s relationship with Chancellor Young and with “outsiders”: “Don’t volunteer anything”; Knowledge of Sam Gilbert’s activities; Impact of Morgan’s illness on the management of the athletic program; Role of the faculty representative; Morgan’s manner of decision making; The occasional error in judgment: Gene Bartow; Violations concerning altered transcripts; Problems of assessing student eligibility, 1977; Penalties assessed in 1980 for the violations of 1977; Morgan’s and Hobbs’s disagreement over penalties; Morgan’s dominant stature in the Pac-10 Conference; Morgan among athletic directors, Young among chancellors; Conference expansion; Morgan’ s opposition to financial aid based on need; Influence in the NCAA; Importance of UCLA’s basketball success for television popularity of the NCAA basketball tournament; Morgan’s and UCLA’s positions on women’s athletics; Implications of Title IX; Reform conventions of the NCAA; Morgan’s demeanor at NCAA conventions; Influence on NCAA basketball; Impact on NCAA Executive Committee; Super-conference proposal; Ivy Amendment; Walter Byers, an aloof administrator; Morgan’s position on the role of college athletics in higher education; Standards for recruitment; By any yardstick, a great athletic director; Morgan’s knack of intimidating officials; Relationship with John Wooden and other coaches.