And when those same individuals were asked about applying for the FSU job, many expressed similar concerns, as their Florida contacts told them the job was going to Thrasher, Funk said.

Thrasher has yet to submit a resume, but Funk said the lawmaker is interested in the job and intends to apply.

Thrasher has also received a number of letters of recommendation for the post, including one from former FSU president Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte.

In the letter, D'Alemberte noted Thrasher's involvement in opening the FSU medical school and argued that the ability to raise money should also be considered a key factor in the selection due to a loss of resources at state schools in recent years.