Of course the SEC doesn't want to do that. They would rather stick with ESPN but they are going to get more than a few hundred pounds of flesh in the process. If you think the SEC controls college football content on Sportscenter now you haven't seen anything. This is part of why the SEC Network numbers are going to be ridiculous and ESPN is essentially going to go "all in" with the SEC. As an interesting tidbit btw the proposed location for the headquarters of the SEC Network? Charlotte, NC. Read into that what you wish. If you look at the SEC Digital Network online you can also tell they basically have everything being put in place now, the production value for content on the website is top notch.
Oh, and I wouldn't EVER bet against Mike Slive in anything. That dude sees about 8 moves ahead on the chess board and is an expert at getting things to break his way without directly being the cause. For instance he won't be the one to make a call to any ACC school to break up the conference, he will just make sure the schools he wants know they have an invite under the table and wait for other conferences to shatter the conference forcing the schools that have the most value and don't want to move to come his way.