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Why Is This News?: A.J. Hawk's pick for Ohio State quarterback, OSU trademarks 'Urban Meyer'

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A.J. Hawk thinks Cardale Jones should start at quarterback for Ohio State this year
A.J. Hawk thinks Cardale Jones should start at quarterback for Ohio State this year
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"It's tough to not play the guy who won the national championship for you."

Former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk on The Rich Eisen Show

Earlier today former Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk called in to The Rich Eisen Show and shared his thoughts on who his choice was to start at quarterback this season for Ohio State. Hawk said that if he had to choose the starter at quarterback it would be Cardale Jones, as it would be tough to go against the guy who led the Buckeyes in the final three games of the season to the national championship.

Jones wasn't Hawk's first pick to start for the Buckeyes though, as before Braxton Miller decided to switch to wide receiver, Hawk was hoping to see Miller taking the snaps this year for Ohio State. The reasoning for Miller being Hawk's first pick before the position change is due to the fact that Miller was a fellow "937 area code guy". Both are Dayton-area guys, Hawk growing up in Kettering while Miller went to high school about 30 minutes away in Huber Heights.

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard that four key Buckeyes have been suspended for the season opener against Virginia Tech. A few Buckeyes have chimed in with their reactions to the suspensions of Joey Bosa, Jalin Marshall, Dontre Wilson, and Corey Smith. The good thing for Buckeye fans is the current Buckeyes aren't lacking for confidence ahead of the matchup with Virginia Tech.

Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith also responded to the suspensions when asked about them earlier today.

"It's a practical step for a variety of reasons. Having a federal trademark registration is not a 'nice to have', it's a 'must have' for an important brand you're looking to enforce."

Greg Krabacher, Bricker & Eckler LLP via Evan Weese, Columbus Business First

Think about producing some Urban Meyer gear? Well think again since Ohio State has received trademark registration from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the name "Urban Meyer". In May 2012, Meyer signed over the rights to allow Ohio State to license his name on clothing. The university also has already trademarked "Urban Meyer Knows", which has been used on t-shirts. Previously Jim Tressel and Thad Matta have signed over their names to be used by the university in licensed products. In most cases coaches anywhere from 5 to 10 percent of sales for allowing their name to be licensed, and Meyer has given what he has earned from the agreement to charity.

What the trademark means is it gives Ohio State more power to combat infringement on products bearing Meyer's name not licensed by the university. Now Ohio State can sue for civil counterfeit of a registered trademark, or possibly even ask for criminal charges to be filed. With the popularity of Meyer since being hired as the head coach of the Buckeyes, and even more so with Ohio State winning the first-ever College Football Playoff, this is a big win for the university as they try to control their head coach's brand against knock-off products not licensed by the school.