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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- If State Senator John Thrasher wants to become the next president at Florida State University, he'll face stiff competition for the job.

Ricky Polston, the chief justice for the Florida Supreme Court, is tossing his name in the hat.

Polston, who was appointed to the bench by former Gov. Charlie Crist, submitted his application for FSU's vacant post on Saturday.

The move comes at a time when Thrasher is widely seen as a frontrunner for the presidency. A search committee has already voted to interview Thrasher and then decide whether to offer him the job.

FSU has been without a permanent president since Eric Barron left to lead Penn State University.

Polston has two degrees from FSU. In a letter to the search committee he said he is applying for the job out of loyalty to the school and a desire to help the school continue to improve.

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