According to the remarkably well-dressed Chip Cosby of the Lexington Herald-Leader, Joker Phillips’ wish list for a co-defensive coordinator consists of former Miami head coach Randy Shannon and former Cincinnati head coach Rick Minter. And in that order. Without having any sources on the situation, my first reaction is that mentioning Shannon, who you would assume would be over-qualified for the gig and has no apparent ties to Joker or UK, is more of an appeasement move for a clamoring fan base, with the current Indiana State linebackers coach being the most likely candidate. But, Cosby says that according to his sources, UK has at least reached out to Shannon about the job. If Kentucky were able to nail that hire, it would be a legitimate reason for optimism that Operation: Win is taking the next step. Shannon is not only a phenomenal defensive coach and a big time character guy, but also has a lifetime of ties to Florida recruiting, especially the talent-rich Miami area.