UConn has an interim AD, Paul Pendergast, who spent a long time in their athetic dept in fundraising before he left a few years back to run a hospital in CT. From all accounts he's a sharp guy with good relationships, and many expect him to get the full-time gig. So while their situation is far from ideal, it could be worse.
The "committment" is silly. Of course every school is going to say they'd "like" to keep the BE intact. But every single school represented in that room would leave tomorrow if a better offer came along.
It's like the old saying goes: a man is ony as faithful as his options.