The men on this list are the forces that direct the fortunes of college sports.
But even more than that, they hold in their hands the destiny of our favorite coaches, and by proxy, our favorite programs.
This list ranks the top 25 athletic directors in the country, for their loyalty, their programs' success and good hires.
Some of them even garner credit for choosing to stick with a current head coach.
You may agree or disagree with the order, but in the end, each one of them has made a huge impact on their program, and that impact will be felt for years to come.