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Recapping the SEC spring meetings

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

DESTIN, Fla. -- The SEC presidents have spoken, and the days of signing as many players as a coach wants in this league are over.

Starting immediately, the SEC will cap football signees each year at 28. The coaches had favored capping it at 30, but the presidents voted Friday to cap it at 28.

Schools can only bring in a maximum of 25 players each fall, but some schools over-sign and then whittle that number down to get to 25.

The SEC schools can probably thank Ole Miss and Houston Nutt for this new legislation, which will go into effect whether it passes at the national level or not. The Rebels signed 37 players in February. Of course, Arkansas also signed 32.

Also, the football coaches had wanted to expand from two to four graduate assistants, but that proposal was shot down.

Slive ended the meetings by announcing that the league will distribute about $132.5 million to its 12 schools for the 2008-09 fiscal year. That's a 4 percent increase from last year.

Next year, when the new television contracts with ESPN and CBS kick in, that figure will climb even more, or in Slive's words, be "more robust."

What recession, right?