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If a recruit chooses an SEC program, he knows he will be on television very often.
This is a powerful recruiting tool each SEC school uses to draw talent into the conference.
A TV contract the SEC signed in 2008 (effective 2009 through 2024) included an SEC Game of the Week on CBS each fall Saturday and ESPN having rights to every other SEC home game, displaying the majority of them on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU and accessible on ESPN GamePlan and ESPN360.
In 2009 Stewart Madel, senior college football writer at Sports Illustrated wrote:
Sorry, Big Ten fans, but the SEC has trumped your conference yet again. This time, though, it didn't happen at a BCS bowl game. This time, SEC teams are invading the Big Ten's own turf—and storming Big 12, Pac-10 and ACC country while they're at it. The SEC will begin an unprecedented assault on our nation's television sets. The 2009 season marks the beginning of a new 15-year, $2.25 billion contract with ESPN, which coincides with a 15-year, $825 million deal with CBS. At the SEC's preseason Media Days in Hoover, Ala., this week, league and ESPN officials unveiled the details of their new arrangement, and this much is clear: Whether you're in Alabama or Arizona, Michigan or Mississippi, you're about experience a deluge of SEC football.
See the entire Mandel article on the power of the SEC TV contract here.
The TV exposure he spoke about has unfolded over the past four years and made the SEC the most televised college football conference in America.
If you are a top recruit that wants national exposure, the SEC is the place to be.