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Most Powerful Boosters

Updated: January 12, 2006, 10:31 AM ET
By Mike Fish | ESPN.com

If money talks, Phil Knight and T. Boone Pickens are vying for the title of college sports' No. 1 booster.

So does that make them the most influential of all fat cats? Well, maybe. Or maybe not.

As any Oregon Duck knows, Knight ranks as the wealthiest college sports booster, and Pickens just promised $165 million on top of what he's already given Oklahoma State, but the power to pull strings -- i.e. hire and fire coaches, athletic directors and, on some campuses, even presidents -- isn't ...

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