Mike Prater, sports editor of the Idaho Statesman, on the Potato State's #1 sports moment of 2004:
The top moment of the past season is obvious — football coach Dan Hawkins turning down potential job opportunities from places such as Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington. If he leaves, a lot of the magic we've witnessed over the past 10 months is gone. He's more than just a football coach; his presence in the athletic department raises the bar for everyone. And one of these days, he'll be the Broncos' athletic director.