Chip Kelly has landed at UCLA. We’ll find out if college football has caught up to him.


Chip Kelly went 46-7 at Oregon, the last win coming at the 2013 Fiesta Bowl. (Paul Connors/Associated Press)

In the football laboratories of UCLA, a public research university, they’ll spend the coming years experimenting on a curious question: Is Chip Kelly still cool, or was his coolness pretty much just early-decade?

In the dark, quiet film rooms on the West Coast and sometimes beyond, they’ll try to figure out the answer. As for the lit-up, loud stadiums, they figure to be filled with players accustomed to Kelly’s tactics — the fast, spread stuff Kelly helped revolutionize, all brilliant and berserk at the time, is all over high school fields these days.

Kelly’s return to the college game, announced Saturday after a five-season absence, does more than make UCLA that rare school that hired a head coach on his birthday, six days after firing another (Jim Mora) on his birthday. It makes UCLA something to see and something to study.

It has been a long time since the 2013 Fiesta Bowl, when Kelly’s record at Oregon reached 46-7 with a 35-17 win over Kansas State, and when Oregon fans chanted Kelly’s name, and when a

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