Oral Histories

Interview of John R. Wooden

UCLA head basketball 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
Biographical Note:
UCLA head basketball coach. Interviewed because of connection to J.D. Morgan, UCLA tennis coach and athletic director.
Rose, David A.
Wooden, John R.
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.
John R. Wooden on his memories of J. D. Morgan: First impressions of Morgan: an authoritative sports fan; Morgan’s impact on UCLA’s athletic department; Morgan’s assistance with basketball program; Morgan’s style in conducting business; Wooden’s working relationship with Morgan; Basketball extravaganza in Astrodome; Areas of agreement and disagreement between Morgan and Wooden; Morgan’s opinions on coaching issues; Morgan’s involvement in recruiting; Wooden’s strategies in recruiting; Recruiting Lew Alcindor; Rumors of Alcindor’s departure; Morgan’s attention to income-producing and non-income-producing sports; Admission of student-athletes under special circumstances; Advantages of freshmen over junior college recruits; Morgan’s interest in academic progress of athletes; Black athletes in late sixties; Coaching relationship with Sidney Wicks; Coaches’ prerogatives in setting team policy; Bill Walton’s antiwar activities; Discussions of racial issues with black athletes; Wooden’s disciplinary standards; Morgan’s feelings concerning women’s athletics; Morgan’s supreme confidence; Others’ perceptions of Morgan; Morgan’s activity in NCAA; Morgan’s interest in basketball rules; Keith Erickson’s conflict between basketball and volleyball; Bill Seibert’s banquet statement; Players disgruntled about playing too little; Story behind Wizard of Westwood; Adherence to NCAA rules; Sam Gilbert’s involvement in basketball program; Breakup of Pacific Coast Conference; Role of intercollegiate athletics in overall university; Professionalization of intercollegiate athletics; State of compliance in college athletics; successors as basketball coach; State of UCLA basketball at Wooden’s arrival; Development of winning traditions; Construction of Pauley Pavilion; Wooden’s involvement with basketball program after retirement; Fond recollections of Morgan; Changes in athletic program after Wooden’s retirement; Typical fringe benefits of big-time college coaching; Changes in athletic department since Morgan’s retirement; Changes in athletic director’s role since Morgan’s retirement.