"The NCAA came back Friday, and [C.J. Wilson] will be suspended for the first four games of the year," said O'Brien. "That's where it stands. That came about on Friday.
"I know why it is. The situation is, he graduated in January and he didn't pass six hours in the spring semester. He thought he could get by... he put himself in a hole, he had some family issues, and thought he could save himself and he didn't, so he didn't miss the six hours passed."
"But, he passed 12 hours in the summer with a 3.4 and was a graduate," O'Brien added. "The NCAA said we'll give you the four games instead of a year suspension. Which, because of the fact he was a graduate and had extenuating circumstances during the semester and came back and demonstrated to them he would be serious going forward by passing 12 hours in summer school with a 3.4, they gave him a four-game suspension.
"He allowed me to say that, or I wouldn't have said it."
Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 187-pounder from Lincolnton, North Carolina, is a graduate student after graduating with his degree in three-and-a-half years.
In his first three seasons he has started 29-of-38 games, totaling 95 tackles, nine pass breakups, and three interceptions while playing 1,854 snaps. Wilson has also returned all three touchdowns for scores.
He was listed as a starter entering fall camp, but during camp he was passed on the depth chart by redshirt junior Dontae Johnson.
O'Brien doesn't believe that having Wilson out against Tennessee was a factor.
"I don't think it had any effect on [Friday's] game," said O'Brien. "We had all preseason camp knowing that he wasn't going to be there."