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Bear's Boys Gathering This Weekend

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A group of former players under U-K
football's legendary coach Paul "Bear" Bryant have a get-together
planned this weekend in Lexington.
The group, known as "Bear's Boys," includes a pair of former
Wildcat All-Americans, quarterback Babe Parilli (Pah-rell-ee) and
end Steve Meilinger (Mile-en-gher).
Also among the 40 or so planning to attend are: former All-S-E-C
end Ben Zaranka and twin backs Harry and Larry Jones, known by
their unique uniform numbers of "one-A" and "one-B."
Bryant was the head coach at Kentucky from 1946-to-1953 and U-K
compiled a 60-23-and-five record during those eight seasons,
including the Wildcats first four bowl games. Kentucky won the
first (and only) Great Lakes Bowl in 1947 and played in the Orange,
Sugar, and Cotton bowls following the 1949, 1950, and 1951 seasons,
respectively.
Kentuckys best season under Bryant came in 1950. U-K went
eleven-and-one, capped by a 13-to-7 win over Oklahoma in the Sugar
Bowl, ending the Sooners 31-game winning streak. U-K is one of four
schools who have a claim on the 1950 national championship. Bowl
games were not included in the national rankings at the time.

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