Fla. governor wants Bowden back as Seminole coach

Published Nov. 18, 2009 6:31 p.m. ET

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Embattled Florida State coach Bobby Bowden has a high-profile alumnus on his side -- Gov. Charlie Crist.

The Republican governor said Wednesday the Seminoles coach has been great for the school and the 80-year-old Bowden deserves respect. Some of Bowden's critics have called on him to retire at the end of the season.

Florida State is currently 5-5 and needs to win at least one more game to qualify for a bowl.

Bowden's 387 wins are second to Penn State's Joe Paterno among major college coaches.

Crist and Bowden appeared together at a news conference promoting the National Child Identification Program created by the American Football Coaches Association.

Received 11/18/09 05:05 pm ET