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King Arthur or Art "Bear" Briles?

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How should the college football world refer to The Overlord of Offense? Before you vote, some light reading from the intranets over at Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur

The origin of the name Arthur remains a matter of debate. ....

Another possibility is that it is derived from a Brittonic patronym *Arto-rīg-ios (the root of which,*arto-rīg- "bear-king" is to be found in the Old Irish personal name Art-ri) via a Latinized form Artōrius. Less likely is the commonly proposed derivation from Welsh arth"bear" + (g)wr "man" ;...

An alternative theory, which has only gained limited acceptance among scholars, derives the name Arthur from theLatin Arcturus (the brightest star in the constellation Boötes, near Ursa Majoror the Great Bear), which is the latinisation of the Greek Αρκτοῦρος (Arktouros) and means "Guardian of the Bear", ultimately from ἄρκτος (arktos), "bear" + οὖρος (ouros), "watcher, guardian".Classical Latin Arcturus would also have become Art(h)ur when borrowed into Welsh, and its brightness and position in the sky led people to regard it as the "guardian of the bear" and the "leader" of the other stars in Boötes.

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