Forbes Magazine Ranks 25 Most Influential College Sports Figures

Across the world of college sports, some of the most influential figures are those that have nothing to do with the actual action on the field. Many of them are administrators, broadcast and apparel companies and others who have turned amateur athletics into a cash cow.

Forbes Magazine recently ranked the 25 most influential people in college sports. While many of the names include commissioners and other administrators, three of the names are some of the most well known coaches in the history of their sport:

1. Jim Delany, Big Ten commissioner
2. Mark Emmert, NCAA president
3. John Skipper, ESPN president
4. Kevin White, Duke AD
5. Bob Bowlsby, Big 12 commissioner
6. Greg Sankey, SEC commissioner
7. Jack Swarbrick, Notre Dame AD
8. Larry Scott, Pac-12 commissioner
9. Gene Smith, Ohio State AD
10. John Swofford, ACC commissioner
11. Burke Magnus, ESPN senior VP of college football programming
12. Kevin Plank, Under Armour founder and president
13. Jeff Long, Arkansas AD
14. Oliver Luck, NCAA executive VP of regulatory affairs
15. Nick Saban, Alabama football coach
16. Phil Knight, Nike co-founder and former CEO
17. Urban Meyer, Ohio State football coach
18. Jeffrey Kessler, Partner at Winston & Strawn LLP
19. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke basketball coach
20. Val Ackerman, Big East commissioner
21. Jim Phillips, Northwestern AD
22. Bill Hancock, executive director of the College Football Playoff
23. Donald Remy, NCAA VP of legal affairs and general counsel
24. Sandy Barbour, Penn State AD
25. Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst

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