Final Four and George Mason alumni contributions

On March 31, 2006, the News Hour with Jim Lehrer cited the 2004 Knight Commission report, “Challenging the Myth” in arguing that George Mason’s entry to the Final Four probably won’t lead to greater long-term alumni contributions. Additionally, in an April 2, 2006, op-ed article in the Indianapolis Star, Knight Commission vice chairmen R. Gerald Turner and Clifton Wharton have called on the NCAA to take a closer look at how the welfare of college athletes is affected by allowing athletes to appear in promotional features sponsored by commercial entities.