Jerry Sandusky Coverup: Joe Paterno Mentioned In 2001 Penn State Emails

BELLEFONTE, PA - JUNE 22: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in handcuffs after a jury found him guilty in his sex abuse trial on June 22, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The jury found Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts in the sexual abuse trial of the former Penn State assistant football coach, who was charged with sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Emails by disgraced Penn State officials discussing Jerry Sandusky appear to reference Joe Paterno.

The scandal surrounding Penn State has taken another ugly turn after CNN's Anderson Cooper reported on emails exchanged between Penn State officials back in 2001, one of which appears to reference a meeting with Joe Paterno.

According to the report, former Penn State officials Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier exchanged emails to determine how they would deal with allegations that had come up regarding Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 of 48 charges against him last week. The three came to the conclusion that confronting Sandusky would be more "humane" than taking the matter to the authorities.

The emails show they initially planned to tell the authorities about the allegations but opted not to after speaking with "Joe". One of the emails shown by CNN reads:

"After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. I am having trouble with going to everyone, but the person involved."

There have been similar reports regarding the cover-up but to see it in emails like that is alarming.

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly.

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