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Grounds for dismissal

Now that Ute football coach Kyle Whittingham has won four consecutive games, he can at least breathe a little easier.

But at least one Web site doesn't think he's out of the woods yet.

Coacheshotseat.com rates Whittingham No. 42 on its list of those most likely to be fired. That's a dozen spots better than last week, when he was rated 30th. But he's still listed in the "edge of hot seat" category.

The site's No. 1 candidate to be fired is Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, who replaced last week's leader, Texas A&M's Dennis Franchione. No. 16 is USU's Brent Guy, coming off the Aggies' seventh loss of the season. Even so, that's a step up from last week when he rated the 12th-most vulnerable coach.

If you want real security, check out BYU's Bronco Mendenhall, who moved from being the 79th-most expendable coach to 112th on the basis of a win over Eastern Washington. That makes him nearly as secure as Florida's Urban Meyer (113) and USC's Pete Carroll (115).

This week's least likely coach to get fired? Ohio State's Jim Tressel (120).

Which is strange, in a way.

You'd think wearing a red sweater vest alone would be enough to get him on the endangered list.

No free lunch

Denver-based Frontier Airlines is positively giddy the Rockies are in the World Series.

So much so that it is reportedly negotiating with DirecTV to air the games on its flights.

"As Colorado's hometown airline," said Frontier president Sean Menke, "we couldn't be more proud and honored to share our Colorado Rockies with all our passengers."

Yeah, well, thanks for the generosity, but I'd be happier if they'd just share a sandwich on the flight to Dallas.

Best of the oldies

Kevin Love, a freshman basketball player at UCLA, is the nephew of famed Beach Boys singer Mike Love.

The younger Love tells the L.A. Times that he lists "Good Vibrations" and "California Girls" as his favorites from the '60s band.

I'm not saying he's going to transfer, but I figure coach Ben Howland would feel a lot better if Love had picked "Be True to Your School."

Pick-a-peck

The national anthem singer for Game 5 of the ALCS in Cleveland turned out to be Danielle Peck, ex-girlfriend of Boston pitcher Josh Beckett.

It was an honest mistake. Still, someone should have figured it out when she sang Linda Ronstadt's "You're No Good" rather than "The Star-Spangled Banner" during auditions.


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