I just saw that the SEC inked a 15-year, $2 BILLION deal with ESPN. Quoting the USA Today article:
ESPN will have rights to every SEC home football game not on the
network package and all league matchups will be shown on some outlet,
including at least 20 a year on ESPN or ESPN2. That includes two
primetime Thursday night matchups and Saturday night games.
No wonder they scrapped the idea of an SEC network.