Cassanova McKinzy, Auburn Football Recruit, Defends Citing Chick Fil A in DecisionCassanova McKinzy is trying to backpedal on his comments that he chose to play college football at Auburn because of its on-campus Chick-Fil-A. Trying is the key word.

See, on Wednesday, the 6’2″ 225 pound outside linebacker from Birmingham decided to pick Auburn over Clemson. And when asked why, he gave a curious answer.

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

You can watch it below at about the 1:30 mark:

McKinzy was panned for his comment, especially considering, as HuffPo notes, that there is a Chick-Fil-A on the Clemson campus:

Regardless of whether or not the relative location of a Chick-Fil-A should ever factor into one’s decision about where to attend college, it would at least seem wise to extensively research whatever criteria being used. Oddly, it seems that McKinzy did not do his fast food homework since there actually is a Chick-Fil-A location on the Clemson campus, according to the restaurant’s website.

But now McKinzy is trying salvage his reputation by explaining it wasn’t really the the food that brought him to Auburn.

“That’s not the reason I chose Auburn or why I didn’t choose Clemson,” McKinzy said Thursday. “I actually wanted to give Clemson a shot, but it (his decision) didn’t have anything to do with Chick-fil-A.”

“I was just being funny,” he added. “I gave all the reasons why I chose Auburn.”