Real name isn't Nik
That was probably his path. If his coaching would have been enough of a difference that it resulted in 1 additional win the past 2 seasons, we'd have been in bowl games, it's likely that FHCMM would have left for a new job, and JL would have been the frontrunner to be named the new HC.I think JL is a good football coach and a top notch DC. You have to wonder if he stayed at CU, leveraging the Oregon offer for a raise, could he have been retained by Mel Tucker? Finishing out your career as a DC in a town you like isn’t a bad thing. Nick Aliotta did it at Oregon. Fun to speculate, and maybe he regrets the choices. Or maybe he’d rather be retired than only an assistant. Hard to know. I think it’s really unlikely he ever gets a P5 gig at this point.
Hard to fault him, though, when someone offers to double your salary to the top of your profession and put you on a longer-term deal. Very few people would turn that down, particularly if they didn't have an ideal relationship with their current boss.