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Is FSU putting a legislator on its payroll?

Florida State University President T.K. Wetherell has scheduled a 12:30 p.m. media availability to discuss his selection of a new interim athletic director to fill in for Dave Hart, who is leaving at the end of the year.

Several sports reporters have said the likely candidate is Rep. Bill Proctor, a Republican legislator from St. Augustine and the former president of Flagler College who played football for FSU in the '50s and was briefly an assistant coach. Wetherell, a former House speaker himself, played football at FSU in the '60s.

Proctor, who is currently chancellor of Flagler College, sits on both the House Committee on Postsecondary Education and the Schools and Learning Council, which is the panel that crafts the annual budgets for public schools, community colleges and the state's 11 public universities.

(UPDATE: FSU has made it official. They are hiring Proctor as "special assistant to the president for athletics," a newly created temporary position that will start Nov. 5. Proctor will then become interim athletic director in January. One of the conditions is that Proctor cannot be a candidate for the permanent job.)

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