I think the SEC's ultimate goal at this point is a presence in the states of Virginia and North Carolina. Any flagship school (one school per state) will do nicely. But short term I expect the SEC to hold its cards close until the situation shakes out. Big Ten is looking like it'll be the wild card that brings the next round of chaos. Some folks think the Big Ten covets schools in the northeast. I don't. I think they digest Maryland and Rutgers, then pursue flagship institutions in the states of Virginia and North Carolina... The same states the SEC wants.
Accordingly, we're likely to see a de facto Big Ten and SEC collaborative effort. Big Ten plays the heavy, going strong for UVA and UNC. FSU & Clemson panic and jump to the Big 12. With FSU and Clemson kicking loose the foundations of the ACC, UVA and UNC kiss their ACC sisters goodbye and marry the Big Ten... But (for in-state political purposes) only after having some level of confidence that VT and NCSU will be well-placed. Hello SEC.
We can quibble over whether the SEC would be better off with UNC than NCSU... But in the end, the desired outcome is media footprint via flagship institutions.
Litigation and changed conditions will mitigate the $50M buyout nonsense.