Does UConn even have an athletic director? Hathaway was "retired" in August. I can't find anything about them hiring a replacement.
The timing of all this is horrible for UConn. Their president, Susan Herbst, has been on the job less than a year. Herbst was an undergrad at Duke and taught at Georgia Tech, so they have some connections there. Her brother, BTW, is president of Colgate University...
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.
The thing is, what school will want to make the switch (ala TCU) knowing that at any moment the whole thing could fall apart? Maybe the lure of Big East Basketballl draws them in. Or maybe the "easy" road to a BCS bid (assuming the Big East can maintain it's bid without pressure from another Conference).