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Former Auburn coach Gene Chizik tackling new career – in chicken

Gene Chizik

With his coaching career wrapped up, former Auburn coach Gene Chizik has taken on a new career, as he owns three chicken finger restaurants.

Louie’s Chicken Fingers is a popular chicken finger franchise in the Auburn area that has grown and expanded to six locations throughout Alabama.

Chizik told ESPN 106.7’s “The Lunch Break” in Auburn, “I’ve actually owned two of the Louie’s for over two years now.”

He recently bought a third store and just had a re-opening in Opelika this week.

“I’ve had a general manager that’s run them for me, but I’ve owned them for a while. It’s really interesting,” Chizik said. “He was my college and high school football teammate, so I got him to come in and run these for me.”

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When asked to compare his new field with coaching, Chizik said, “A lot less pressure. If I don’t sell good, I don’t get fired.”

He says there are a lot of parallels between coaching and business.

“Business is about people. Coaching is about people,” Chizik said.

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