Number set at 28 per team

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DESTIN, Fla. — The days of oversigning gone wild are over, at least for Southeastern Conference football teams.

The SEC passed legislation today on the final day of its spring meetings to limit teams to 28 signees starting immediately.

The move comes after Ole Miss signed 37 this year, knowing that more than a half dozen would be placed in junior college. Arkansas, Kentucky and South Carolina also signed more than 28.

The NCAA only permits 25 to enroll each year, but seven SEC schools signed more this year knowing that some wouldn’t qualify academically.

Georgia wasn’t one of them, but signed 28 in 2006 and 31 in 2002.

“The presidents and chancellors view you signing a letter of intent as a commitment to the institution for the student-athlete that is academically capable of being admitted and contributing athletically,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “From their point of view, there aren’t other reasons to sign kids. Obviously, coaches have their own reasons for doing things, and there a litany of those.”

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