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Chip Kelly takes the fast track to tremendous heights at Oregon before hitting speed bumps in the NFL

Chip Kelly takes the fast track to tremendous heights at Oregon before hitting speed bumps in the NFL

This is the second of a three-part series on Chip Kelly, UCLA’s new football coach.

None of the proposed mantras made any sense.

Win the national championship? Oregon’s football team was coming off a 7-6 season and had lost by 30 points to Brigham Young in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Win the Rose Bowl? The Ducks had not done that in nearly a century.

The team was certainly in need of some galvanizing in March 2007 as it held a brainstorming session at Camp Harlow, a wooded outpost north of campus. Coaches convened with players, equipment managers and trainers to seek solutions for the Ducks’ malaise.

Players yelled at players. Players yelled at...

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