Considering Nick Saban helped Mel Tucker land the Michigan State job, it would be somewhat ironic if the Alabama coach then lost one of his key assistants to the Colorado program that lost Tucker.

While there may not be much smoke suggesting that will happen, Steve Sarkisian has been named as a potential candidate for the Colorado opening since Tucker’s departure from the program.

Keep in mind, Sarkisian held two head coaching positions in the Pac-12 during his coaching career and recently was engaged in discussions to be Mississippi State’s head coach before that job went to Mike Leach.

Bill Bender of the Sporting News recently shared his thoughts on why Sarkisian to Colorado makes some sense:

This is a wild-card hire that likely won’t materialize, but Sarkisian — who was effective as Alabama’s offensive coordinator in 2019 — has taken on two head-coaching jobs in the Pac-12 at USC and Washington. If Colorado went this route, it would be similar to bringing Tucker on in 2018.

Sarkisian played quarterback at BYU before getting into coaching. Most of his ties are on the West Coast as he served as an assistant coach at USC and the Oakland Raiders before being named head coach at Washington and later USC. His overall head coaching record is 46-35 and he’s led his teams to the postseason in every season with the exception of his first season at Washington and his final season at USC which was cut short due to his dismissal.