Tonight is the deadline for anyone who wants to apply to become Florida State University's next president.
The search firm and conventional wisdom say that the most qualified applicants emerge at the ninth hour whenever Florida's state universities look for new presidents. We will be checking the FSU website in the morning to get the final list of applicants and see if that rings true once again.
For now, the list is pretty short on high-ranking academics -- think sitting or former presidents, provosts and chancellors -- that some students, faculty and alumni say they would prefer.
Instead, two names continue to dominate the list of 25 applicants: state Sen. John Thrasher, a powerful alum who has been considered the front-runner for the job, and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricky Polston.
The presidential search advisory committee will meet Friday to review the applications and select finalists to interview next week.