Auburn coach Gene Chizik says he’s going to let Gus Malzahn be his own man this season, and that means the head coach is going to allow his offensive coordinator call his own game.

“There’s a huge, huge difference between helping and meddling. I don’t want to be a meddler,” Chizik said.

In short, Chizik doesn’t want to be a Houston Nutt. That’s what columnist Kevin Scarbinsky writes in today’s Birmingham News.

We wrote a story about freshman defensive back Daren Bates. He wasn’t approved by the NCAA Clearinghouse until after practice started, but it looks as if he’s going to play. Heck, after Tuesday’s late practice, Chizik said Bates may have a chance to start.“I would say he’s going to be in the mix for that possibility,” Chizik said. Read that story here, and return and comment about each story, if you’d like.