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Monday Evening Cardinal News And Notes

It's officially the first college hoops week of the season. Ethan Wade and his standard mall crew are all excited.

I_medium Bye Week Spread Check: John Tong's timeout call by 35 (note: no line has been released for any of Friday night's college hoops games yet).

I_medium ESPN names Montrezl Harrell as the second-best returning dunker in college basketball.

I_medium CBS' Jerry Palm has Louisville as the two seed in Kentucky's region because of course he does in his preseason bracket projection.

I_medium USA Today has Louisville a line lower because of course they do.

I_medium I would say that I can't believe this is happening again, but that would be lying and lying is bad like 73 percent of the time.

I_medium Geord Holliman and DeVante Parker both get helmet stickers from ESPN.

Louisville safety Gerod Holliman. What more needs to be said about Holliman? He had added three interceptions in Saturday's 38-19 win at Boston College, giving him a ridiculous 13 on the season. Through 10 games. Let that sink in. He easily leads the nation, as he is now four ahead of Ole Miss' Senquez Golson

Louisville wide receiver DeVante Parker. It's easy to wonder where this Cardinals team would be had Parker not gotten hurt during camp. The senior turned in another brilliant performance on Saturday, notching eight catches for 144 yards to go along with his first touchdown of the season. All Parker has done in his three games back is tally 25 catches for 490 yards, topping 130 yards in each of his three contests.

I_medium A very happy birthday to young Theodore Bridgewater. You are missed and loved in the Derby City.

I_medium According to ESPN, Calvin Pryor was benched by the New York Jets on Sunday because he has repeatedly been late to team meetings.

I_medium Could Gerod Holliman intercept the Philadelphia 76ers?

I_medium I have a bad feeling we're going to get hit with our first dreaded home nooner of the season in the final game.

I_medium Syracuse's official site notes that Louisville is the only team that has scored more than one goal in a game against the Orange soccer team this season. The rematch of a 2-1 overtime thriller won by the Cards last month will take place on Friday night in the ACC Tournament semifinals.

I_medium Congrats to the U of L field hockey team, which landed its first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 2008 on Sunday. The Cards will begin their quest for a national championship on Saturday against 18-2 Stanford in Storrs, Conn. The winner will likely face No. 3 overall seed UConn on Sunday. Here's the complete bracket.

I_medium Per his Twitter, Jamon Brown has been invited to participate in this year's East West Shrine Game. Congrats to the big man on a much-deserved honor.

I_medium takes note of what Gerod Holliman is doing.

It has taken a while for Louisville free safety Gerod Holliman to get where he is. That's fine, though, considering where he is is on the verge of making history.

Holliman (6-foot-0, 213 pounds), a sophomore who is draft-eligible, leads the nation with 13 interceptions -- one shy of the single-season record set by Washington cornerback Al Worley in 1968. Holliman by himself has more picks than 111 teams.

Holliman had three interceptions in Saturday's win over Boston College, including on the first play of the game; it was his fourth game this season with at least two picks. He has had an interception in eight of Louisville's 10 games and has three games remaining this season to set the record.

Holliman's ball skills never have been in question. A scouting report by in 2010, when he was a high school senior at Miami's Southridge High, called Holliman "a very instinctual player (who) reads run/pass very quickly. His ball skills are excellent and he always seems to be in the right place at the right time." Holliman had 12 picks as a high school senior.

I_medium U of L hangs tight at No. 3 in the latest power poll from the ACC Digital Network.

I_medium The Cards jump back into the top 15 of the S&P Rankings from Football Outsiders.

I_medium And finally, Mark Ennis and I are back on the radio tonight from 6-7:45 on ESPN 680 and