West Virginia University graduate Ken Kendrick has given his
alma mater a Fiesta Bowl welcoming gift: $1 million.
The West Virginia native made the donation in his new home state
of Arizona on Monday, two days before WVU plays the
Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl.
"While I have been critical of recent events in the athletic
department, I have made this gift because I love West Virginia
University and West Virginia," Kendrick said in a statement
released by WVU on Tuesday. "I only want what's best for my
Kendrick, an avid WVU sports booster, has criticized the school
since Rich Rodriguez left the Mountaineers to take over as the head
football coach at the University of Michigan in December.
WVU President Mike Garrison said he worked things out with
Kendrick at a meeting Monday.
"I know that he cares about the university, our students and
our athletic programs," Garrison said in a statement. "He has
shared some very constructive suggestions with me."
Kendrick also shared $1,012,500 with the WVU Foundation for
scholarships. The donation equals WVU's tab for unsold Fiesta Bowl
Kendrick graduated from WVU in 1965 and later founded Datatel
Inc., which develops software for managing technology for colleges
and universities. Kendrick also is managing general partner of the
Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team. Other business interests
include investments in a Phoenix theater and a ranch and outdoor