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NO SPORT OWES as much to television as football does, and this offseason the college game demonstrated its ongoing commitment to repaying that debt: Two of the highest profile head-coaching hires came from a certain multiplatform holding pen in Bristol, Conn. UCLA's new boss, Chip Kelly, had spent but one purgatorial season on ESPN after his 2--14 NFL flop in San Francisco in 2016, but Herm Edwards, who took over for Todd Graham at Arizona State last December, had spent nine seasons with the network. Kelly, who coached Oregon to four consecutive BCS bowl games from '09 through '12, returns to the sideline to infuse life into a program that has produced only three 10-win seasons over the last 19 years. Edwards, who hasn't coached since '08, has an even larger challenge, taking over a program that has been 18--20 over the last three seasons. Both arrive in a conference in need of rejuvenation. The Pac-12 went 1--8 during the last bowl season, and the league's national title drought (none since USC's in 2003) is the longest in the Power Five. Kelly and Edwards (both right) are big enough names to drum up interest in the conference and each should be able to recruit well. But will they win? Stay tuned.