Coach Brady Hoke said earlier he bought 40 t-shirts that coaches and staff would wear prior to the Wolverines' game against Illinois, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"He's one of ours; he's our kind of guy," Hoke said this week. "So we want to pay a little tribute to him and for the cause."
Pagano has been diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and is away from the team receiving treatment.
Curt Mallory, Michigan's secondary coach, knows Pagano and his family from Boulder, Colo., their hometown.
Hoke said he knows Pagano's brother, John, who is the San Diego Chargers defensive coordinator.