Coach Billy Kennedy to Participate in Autism Awareness Campaign During Florida Game

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- During Saturday’s game, Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy will be joining more than 80 college basketball coaches to raise autism awareness in support of Towson University men's basketball coach Pat Skerry and Marshall University coach Tom Herrion, who both have children with autism.

In fact, every major game on Saturday will feature coaches wearing the Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin to raise autism awareness – a disorder that now affects 1 in 88 children in the U.S.

Coach Skerry's 4-year-old son Owen, is the inspiration behind this push for college basketball to promote autism awareness. Coach Skerry and Coach Herrion, who are friends, have begun a campaign to get college basketball's top coaches to wear an Autism Speaks puzzle piece pin during their televised games on Feb. 1.

In addition to coach Kennedy, the coaches who have signed on to wear the pin are Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Kansas’ Bill Self, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Arizona’s Sean Miller, Louisville’s Rick Pitino, and Kentucky’s John Calipari.

Participating Coaches:

Cuonzo Martin - Tennessee

Anthony Grant - alabama

Mike Anderson - Arkansas

Johnny Jones - Lsu

Mark Fox - Georgia

Tony Barbee - auburn

Rick Ray - Mississippi st

Kevin Stallings - Vanderbilt

Frank Martin - South Carolina

Andy Kennedy - Mississippi

Billy Kennedy - Texas A&M

Billy Donovan - florida

Fran Mccaffery - Iowa

John Groce - Illinois

John Thompson III - Georgetown

Tom Izzo - michigan st

Chris Collins - northwestern

Richard Pitino - Minnesota

Thad Matta - Ohio st

Bo Ryan - Wisconsin

Steve Donahue - Boston College

Mike Brey - Notre Dame

Brad Brownell - Clemson

Leonard Hamilton - Florida St.

Mike Krzyzewski - Duke

Jim Boeheim - Syracuse

Brian Gregory - Georgia tech

Jeff Bzdelik - Wake Forest

Mark Turgeon - Maryland

James Johnson - Virginia Tech

Robert Jones - Norfolk St.

Jim Larranaga - Miami

Mark Gottfried - North Carolina St

Roy Williams - North Carolina

Mike Lonergan - George Washington

Archie Miller - Dayton

Paul Hewitt - George Mason

Jim Crews - St. Louis

Chris Mooney - Richmond

Shaka Smart - VCU

Buzz Williams - Marquette

Steve Lavin - St. John's

Kevin Willard - Seton Hall

Chris Mack - Xavier

Ed Cooley - Providence

Oliver Purnell - DePaul

Scott Drew - Baylor

Travis Ford - Oklahoma St

Trent Johnson - TCU

Tubby Smith - Texas Tech

Bruce Weber - Kansas St

Bob Huggins - West Virginia

Bill Self - Kansas

Rick Barnes - Texas

Lon Kruger - Oklahoma

Fred Hoiberg - Iowa St

Josh Pastner - Memphis

Larry Brown - SMU

Jay wright - Villanova

Fran Dunphy - Temple

Derek Kellogg - UMass

Phil Martelli - St. Joseph

Leon Rice - Boise St.

Dave Rice - UNLV

James Dickey - Houston

Eddie Jordan - Rutgers

Donnie Jones - Central Florida

Rick Pitino - Louisville

Larry Krystkowiak - Utah

Tad Boyle - Colorado

Herb Sendek - Arizona St

John Dawkins - Stanford

Lorenzo Romar - Washington

Ken Bone - Washington St.

Andy Enfield - USC

Dana Altman - Oregon

Sean Miller - Arizona

Mike Montgomery - California

Pat Skerry – Towson

Tom Herrion- Marshall