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Days after firing Jim Mora on Jim Mora’s birthday, UCLA’s hiring Chip Kelly on Chip Kelly’s birthday

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Don’t say the Bruins aren’t thoughtful.

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With multiple reports that former Oregon and NFL head coach Chip Kelly is choosing UCLA over Florida as his return to college coaching, I give you this:

Yep, Nov. 25 is Kelly’s birthday.

Days prior, this happened to Jim Mora on Nov. 19:

Kelly’s giving the bigger gift to UCLA, bringing national attention and expectations to a program that’s been without them for a long time, despite bringing in a handful of five-star recruits along the way. He had a chance to take over the Gators and could’ve added plenty more suitors if he’d let the coaching carousel fill up a little more, but picking the Bruins this early also means a chance to catch up on recruiting before mid-December’s new early Signing Day.

This is rightly being called a game-changing hire by UCLA. We’ll see if Kelly still has his old touch, but just like that, the Bruins should be considered Pac-12 contenders in the near future.

So happy birthday and welcome home (to college football) to Kelly, and congrats to UCLA.