Gene J. Puskar, File, Associated Press
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2011, file photo, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno watches warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Purdue in State College, Pa. In his first public comments since being fired two months ago, former Penn State coach Paterno told the Washington Post he "didn't know which way to go" after an assistant coach came to him in 2002 saying he had seen retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy, the Post reported on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State's trustees fired coach Joe Paterno as outrage boiled up over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Now the trustees are the ones being criticized.

The embattled 32-member board meets Friday, its first gathering since November and the frantic first week after child sex abuse charges were filed against Sandusky, Penn State's retired defensive coordinator.

Paterno was dismissed Nov. 9, the same day school President Graham Spanier also departed under pressure. The trustees met two days later, pledging to search for the truth.

Now some alumni and former players are wondering whether the trustees have been up front with them, and are questioning why Paterno was ousted with a full airing of the facts.