Whole situation got out of hand because people still trusted the NCAA back then. If same issues came up now, the NCAA would have given everyone a slap on the wrist. Everyone would be talking about how players should get paid, not throwing the book at them.
Even back then, the problem was that Tressel refused to turn his players in. Had he done so, they would have missed half a season and everyone would have ended up fine.
Long story short, Pryor actually did nothing wrong at OSU except sell a few trophies that he earned on the field. And he beat Michigan every year and led us to two big bowl victories. And we ended up with Urban.
So, all is forgiven TP, we love you. Too bad you are on the Browns.