NCAA grants LSU's Pittman a waiver for sixth season

LSU defensive end Kirston Pittman, who missed the 2005 and 2006 seasons with foot and ankle injuries, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

"Kirston is very deserving of this ruling after what he's been through as far as injuries are concerned during his LSU career," LSU coach Les Miles said, according to The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. "He's very fortunate that there's a good rule in place that allows a guy who has missed extensive time with injuries the opportunity to get a year back."

Pittman appeared in 13 games as a freshman in 2003 and 12 games in 2004 before missing all of 2005 and 2006. He will join the defending national champions for the 2008 season.