SEC limits football signees to 28 annualy

DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - Call it the Houston Nutt rule.

On the final day of the SEC spring business meeting Friday, league presidents unanimously approved a rule limiting conference football teams to 28 signees annually.

NCAA rules allow teams just 25 scholarships per year, but SEC schools generally oversign, anticipating a portion of the players they sign wonÂ't academically qualify. The new SEC rule takes effect immediately.

While nobody would admit the rule was aimed at Ole Miss and its coach Nutt, the Rebels signed 37 players in February, something that set off alarms with the SEC presidents.

Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone said Friday that he wasn't shocked that Nutt had oversigned, but didn't care for the large number.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive said over the last three years, more than half of SEC schools have oversigned in the 26 to 29 range. The league will have the new rule even if the NCAA doesnÂ't adopt it nationally.

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