For those still genuflecting at the altar of Paterno, this is bad. According to CNN, Penn State officials were discussing a plan of action to handle the Sandusky mess in 2001 that involved contacting child welfare services. One official spoke with Joe Paterno and the next day, that was no longer the plan.
Earlier this month, as the Sandusky trial was just getting underway, we learned that emails existed between Penn State officials that indicated their blind-eye approach to this whole mess was the "humane" way of handling it. CNN is now reporting that while they do not have possession of the actual emails, they have been been informed of the contents of a string of messages between former Penn State President President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley. It is, as you might expect, not good.