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Penn State to renovate areas where boys were abused | College athletics

Penn State plans to renovate the building where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molested boys, confronting one of the most sinister symbols of a scandal from which it is still trying to recover.

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State plans to renovate the building where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molested boys, confronting one of the most sinister symbols of a scandal from which it is still trying to recover.

The school intends to remodel the football team's shower and locker-room area as a direct result of Sandusky's crimes, university spokesman David La Torre said Friday.

Renovation plans for the Lasch Football Building were drawn up shortly after Sandusky's arrest in November, La Torre said, but the university can't move forward with those plans until all possible legal proceedings have been completed.

Sandusky, a longtime member of Joe Paterno's coaching staff, was convicted last month of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Some of the most stomach-churning assaults for which the 68-year-old Sandusky was convicted took place in the showers of the Lasch building.

The statue of Hall of Fame coach Paterno — who died in January — outside Beaver Stadium has turned into a target for critics angered by former FBI director Louis Freeh's findings Paterno and other university officials concealed allegations against Sandusky in 1998 and 2001 to avoid bad publicity.

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• The NCAA is close to adding its first international member, with one step remaining before Simon Fraser of Burnaby, B.C., joins the ranks of Division II. The NCAA's executive committee is expected to consider the move Aug. 1.

Simon Fraser's active status is contingent on executive-committee approval of a modification to an NCAA requirement all schools be accredited by a U.S. agency. Simon Fraser has been accepted into candidacy by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, but the process will not be complete before 2017.

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