Penn State Football: Could Bill O'Brien Bolt After Only One Season?

Barry LeonardAnalyst IIINovember 13, 2012

STATE COLLEGE, PA - SEPTEMBER 15:  Head coach Bill O'Brien of the Penn State Nittany Lions looks on from the field during the second half against the Navy Midshipmen at Beaver Stadium on September 15, 2012 in State College, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien has done an incredible job in his first year at Penn State. Pair that with his NFL experience, and he will likely find himself as a target for several vacant NFL head coaching jobs. 

The first-year head coach walked into an impossible situation last year that was made even worse in July by the damaging NCAA sanctions. The sanctions led several big recruits to decommit. 

Top offensive lineman prospect Dorian Johnson and cornerback Ross Douglas were two of the biggest names to change their mind about Penn State.

Aside from recruits,some key starters transferred just weeks before the start of the 2012 season. Silas Redd, Justin Brown and Anthony Fera were some of the key players who left for other schools.

In a statement released after the sanctions were handed down, O'Brien said, "I'm committed for the long term to Penn State and our student athletes."

That being said, it's hard to imagine teams not seeking him out. O'Brien, who was a candidate for the Jacksonville Jaguars job last season, will be on the radar of NFL teams.

His experience with the New England Patriots offense will make him a very appealing candidate. He has already proven that he has a great offensive mind and that he possess the skills necessary to be a successful head coach at the NFL level.

San Diego, Philadelphia, Jacksonville and Kansas City are a few of the teams that may have openings after this season.

Penn State fans won't want to think about the prospects of O'Brien leaving them after just one season.

O'Brien is the perfect fit for Penn State, and just what the university needs to rebuild its image and program. He has never hinted about leaving and seems dedicated to the team and the fans.

If he were to leave, he would certainly make a lot of enemies after building hope and then bolting. From what O'Brien has shown thus far, something like that is not in his makeup.

He seems to be a stand-up guy who has said and done all of the right things during his time at Penn State.

If the coach were to stick around for four years at Penn State, it would only build his resume and make him more marketable to NFL teams in years to come.

Loyalty is a great trait to have in a coach. O'Brien has been nothing but loyal to this point and likely won't be lured away by the temptations of an NFL head coaching job anytime soon.