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Big Ten coaches team up to fight disease

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Who said Rich Rodriguez and Jim Tressel couldn't be on the same team?

The head coaches for archrivals Michigan and Ohio State are helping the American Football Coaches Association lead a charity project to help raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer diagnosed in children.

Thousands of college coaches on Saturday will wear "Coach to Cure MD" logo patches. Ten Big Ten programs are participating in the event: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

Fans will be asked to donate to fund research projects supported by Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy, the largest nonprofit organization in the country focused entirely on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Rodriguez and Tressel filmed a public service announcement for the Coach to Cure MD project during the summer that will air Saturday during the games.