Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen says he's offended by a reporter's suggestion that favoritism may have played a part in the selection of the deputy governor to head the state Board of Regents. The reporter asked the governor about the issue during a press availability Wednesday. Bredesen responded that the question was "offensive." The governor touted a record of transparency and not meddling behind the scenes. Criticism has continued over the appointment of John Morgan, who was the only candidate interviewed for the position among six applicants. The board also dropped a previous requirement that applicants have a doctoral degree. Morgan's highest degree is a bachelor's from Austin Peay State University.