and John Palmer
say nay. The local paper has been critical lately
of the University of Minnesota's spending on new coaches. But there is some evideicne out there if you want to look at it. A few sources:
- Fleisher, Goff and Tolllison, The NCAA: A study in cartel behavior (1992) contains a chapter by the latter two examining the relationship between football success and academic contributions, and finds an effect.
- Paul Grimes and George Cressanthis, 53 Am J Econ Soc 27-40 (1995), argue that athletics success increases donations to the academic programs of universities.
- Toma and Cross, 39 Res Higher Ed 633-661 (1998), argues that athletic success induces more applications from students to the university.
Now one can be dissuaded from the evidence if one chooses -- there are other studies that will dispute the claims -- but we need more care than to say no evidence exists. Here's an older post from Phil Miller
with more. (Can't seem to get this on his newer site.)