And the thesis only works if there is something to show that Stanford/Duke/ND
Pizzagirl, there's evidence to the contrary. I believe Princeton and Dartmouth have among the highest alumni giving rates and that the rest of the ivies also rank high.
I work in a male dominated industry among many extreme sports fans. Yet most of them happily went to an ivy, happily give big bucks to them and talk with great fondness about the college experiences they hope their kids get to repeat. I really don't think it has occurred to them that those schools are where they should get their sports too.
I also don't get the whole concept that big sports are an important aspect of a college experience, it was hard enough choosing what to do without them and my 3 kids at schools without them certainly do not seem to need anything else to keep them busy and happy.
The post that shocked me most in my time on CC was one from a parent who listed reasons their child should consider in choosing a school and a major one was availability of tickets for big games.