Some linkage for you on a Thursday as we count down the days to Christmas:
- Kentucky coach Joker Phillips sees plenty of reasons to be optimistic going into the 2012 season.
- Auburn coach Gene Chizik says he'll probably wait until after the bowl game to hire his two new coordinators.
- Several Alabama underclassmen will have decisions to make about turning pro.
- Mississippi State is still counting on quarterback Tyler Russell for the bowl game despite his knee injury.
- Vanderbilt takes a little time off prior to next week's bowl game.
- South Carolina officials are looking into a poster using the images of Jadeveon Clowney and C.C. Whitlock to promote a Christmas Eve party.
- Georgia's future at quarterback has some questions, writes Seth Emerson of the Macon Telegraph.
- Florida will maintain its continuity on defense for next season.
- Arkansas running back Knile Davis is closer to full speed.