Southern California guard Jeff Byers had his request for a sixth year of eligibility approved yesterday by the NCAA, allowing him to return to the Trojans next season.

Because he missed two seasons with injuries, Byers petitioned the NCAA for a "clock extension waiver," and his request was granted.

After appearing in all 13 USC games as a true freshman in 2004, Byers was sidelined with injuries the next 2 years. He had arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage in his right hip in 2005, forcing him to miss that season. Then, in 2006, after seeing action in the opener, he suffered a back sprain and was out the rest of that season.

Byers has been USC's starting left guard the past two seasons. He was a second-team All Pac-10 performer this year.


* Pittsburgh withdrew its proposal to host the Army-Navy game between 2010 and 2014 after the Steelers and University of Pittsburgh, primary tenants at Heinz Field, expressed worries about scheduling conflicts.

The game will be played at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field in 2009 and then the service academies are seeking bids for a new home.

* Hawaii resolved its financial dispute with former football coach June Jones over the early termination of his contract. Under the agreement, the June Jones Foundation has donated $100,010 to a scholarship fund for students pursing degrees in Hawaiian studies or language. In addition, an undisclosed donor contributed $100,000 to the school.

The university said it was owed $400,008 in damages because Jones left Hawaii before his 5-year contract expired June 30 to take the job at Southern Methodist.

* Louisville signed a pair of junior college transfers - quarterback Adam Froman, of Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College, and defensive end Malcolm Tatum, of Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College.

In a game last night:

* At Chattanooga, Tenn., Josh Vaughan had 162 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries as Richmond (12-3) won the Division I-AA national championship with a 24-7 win over Montana. *