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Chick-fil-A’s hears you, Cassanova McKinzy—and you might be hearing from them


If Cassanova McKinzy wants to come to Auburn just because he can Eat Mor Chikin than he can at Clemson, by God that’s his right. Yesterday, the Birmingham linebacker essentially listed proximity to Chick-fil-A as a deciding factor in his decision to play for the (good) Tigers.

“[It was] kind of the environment and plus they [Clemson] had no Chick-fil-A on campus,” McKinzy said. “You had to go like, probably like 15 minutes off campus to go to like a real restaurant.”

That’s real music to Jerry Johnston’s ears.

“Yes, we just saw this probably two hours ago,” says Johnston, Corporate Public Relations Senior Manager for Chick-fil-A. “We’ve already shared it with the Chick-fil-A family.”

Johnston hinted that the Atlanta-based fast food chain might “follow up” with McKinzy, “but I’m just speaking hypothetically.”

“Obviously we’re honored,” Johnston says. “It’s not everyday you hear something like that. We work hard trying to create raving fans and it certainly sounds like he is one. It certainly makes you feel good from that standpoint. Hopefully he’ll have Chick-fil-A’s close-by during his college tenure.”

Oh, he will.

Sure, Clemson, you may actually have a Chick-fil-A, and sure, it may (as the company just tweeted) have been one of the first Chick-fil-A’s to ever open on a college campus. But still, when it comes to “real restaurants,” the ‘Nova knows his market penetration.

Auburn has four Chick-fil-A’s within five miles of its campus.

Clemson? Four in 12 miles.

Like Lewis Grizzard said, Clemson is Auburn with a lake without the Chick-fil-A’s.

UPDATE: Mark Paden reminds us, Auburn opens its 2012 football season against Clemson… in the Chick-fil-A Kick-Off Classic. Classic.

Updated graphic via you know who.

Related: An open letter to the Auburn University 2012 recruiting class / Gene Chizik, Chick-fil-A Bag Man.

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