What Google 'autocomplete' reveals about ACC coaches
Posted August 19, 2014
College football preview magazines from Phil Steele, Athlon, Lindy's and several other publications do a decent job taking a snapshot of any given program. Everything from potential quarterback battles, depth charts, freshmen to watch, historical trends and all kinds of information can be found flipping through their pages.
However, these magazines don't reveal what the coaches make or print pictures of their wives. Perhaps they should reconsider.
Using Google's "autocomplete" search feature, which predicts possible search terms for users, it appears this information is highly sought after on the internet.
Let's see what else Google's "autocomplete" reveals about ACC football coaches.
Larry Fedora, North Carolina
Before Fedora's shirtless beach photo went viral during last month's ESPN carwash, Google predicted the usual searches for his salary and wife, but there were also folks still looking for his Belk Bowl "nae nae dance." Now those entries are gone and there are five searches related to his abs. One thing remains constant despite the web's obsession with his physique – his affinity for Red Bull.
Dave Doeren, NC State
Salary? Check. Wife? Double check. Apparently Google thinks you're curious about where the Wolfpack coach lives. Doeren also gets some residual predictions related to Fedora's shirtless photo thanks to his hilarious beer retort.
David Cutcliffe, Duke
Cutcliffe also has some Fedora search runoff due to his beer picture in Bristol and the predictable search for his wife. Google also predicts you're curious about Marcus Hilliard, Cutcliffe's adopted son. Call it a hunch, but the "fired Ole Miss" entry is related to fans scratching their heads over Cutcliffe managing to turn around Duke's football program, but wasn't good enough for the Rebels after Eli Manning went pro.
Meanwhile, it's possible Dr. David A. Cutcliffe in Indiana has treated a Manning brother during his career.
Dave Clawson, Wake Forest
The new Demon Deacons coach doesn't have many predictive entries, most likely due to the fact fans just want to know who is actually coaching in Winston-Salem. Once they figure that out, the next important question will be what his wife looks like.
Frank Beamer, Virginia Tech
Beamer has been head coach at Virginia Tech since 1987 and built up an impressive football résumé, but Google predicts you still want to know what's up with his face.
The "hot seat" entry may be popular, but it is amusing because Beamer will never be fired in Blacksburg.
Jimbo Fisher, Florida State
Along with the typical searches for contract details and wife, Fisher's son is of obvious interest. Ethan Fisher was diagnosed with Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder that requires multiple tests a year.
Fisher lost roughly 40 pounds during the offseason. He also blew the minds of non-southern media members when he put peanuts in a bottle of Coca-Cola at the ACC Kickoff in July.
Dabo Swinney, Clemson
Swinney might be married in real life to his wife, but he's in college football wedlock with South Carolina's Steve Spurrier. Between the losing record and quote exchanges, it's surprising those two aren't the top predictive search on Google.
Bobby Petrino, Louisville
Sure enough, there are searches for Petrino's salary and spouse. However, there are four predictive entries for Petrino's motorcycle accident in 2012, including one for LSUFreek's incredible animated GIF making fun of the incident. Also not a shock to see Petrino's abrupt departure from Atlanta in the search field.
Al Golden, Miami
Yup, salary and wife. Apparently Golden is on the hot seat in Miami. Makes sense considering all the talent Miami recruits and the lack of Coastal Division dominance to go along with it.
Scott Shafer, Syracuse
Shafer is the coach of the Orange. Not to be confused with the other Scott Shafer, who hosts a public radio show. He's also not Dr. Shafer at Wake Forest's School of Business. And don't confuse him with the CEO of a company in Colorado. This Shafer is the guy who yelled obscenities at Dabo Swinney last season.
Paul Chryst, Pittsburgh
Predictive entries for the Panthers coach are all over the map. Because the internet loves a dancing coach, it should come as no surprise that a video of his moves is suggested. The "drinking" entry deals with an image of Chryst when he was the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin, where he appears to be taking a sip and dip in the coaches' box. His time in Wisconsin is also of interest because he coached Russell Wilson.
Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech
Johnson the football coach is not as popular as Johnson the author or Johnson the disc jockey. That probably doesn't bode well for his future in Atlanta.
Mike London, Virginia
Perhaps London the HR Manager can help London the coach find a new gig if the Cavaliers don't turn it around this season.
Steve Addazio, Boston College
Nothing particularly interesting in Addazio's predictive entries, with the exception of his Vine account. While all the other ACC coaches have their Twitter accounts indexed, Addazio bucks the trend for the video sharing service. Reason? His "be a dude" recruiting pitches.