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Oregon, Ohio, clarifying its allegiance before championship

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Ohio State cornerback Doran Grant (12) runs though drills during practice at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Monday, Dec. 29, 2014. They will square off against Alabama in the Allstate Sugar Bowl NCAA football game, which will be played Jan. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

TOLEDO, Ohio >> The mayor of the Ohio city of Oregon says it won’t be changing its name, even though the city is still backing the Ohio State Buckeyes when they face Oregon in college football’s championship game next Monday.

The name debate began after two Ohioans started a petition calling for the city near Toledo to temporarily change its name

Mayor Mike Seferian says the city now plans to issue a proclamation declaring it “Ohio State Buckeye week” in the city of Oregon.

But he tells WTVG-TV in Toledo that there’s no need to change the city’s name to show its loyalty.

After all, he says, the Oregon in Ohio got its name in 1838. That’s 21 years before the other Oregon became a state.

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