As a long time WV fan, I have some bittersweet regrets upon leaving the BE, especially the great competition in basketball, but I am not sorry that WV is leaving. I feel the football playing schools supported the basketball side of the BE. The reciprocal, from the basketball -only schools, cannot be said.
When the first series of football school defections occurred in the conference, their solution was to add more top basketball schools (a few who just happened to also play football). This short sighted attitude places them in the same category as the buggy manufacturers, who, in response to the advent of the automobile, redesigned the buggy whip.
Unfortunately, this attitude still prevails. The WV pay-off money should have been sufficient for the conference to buy an incoming team out of its conference affiliation. The team could then start playing in the BE immediately. While not privy to the financial dealings of the BE, my gut reaction is that the basketball-only schools were unwilling to reduce their share of the pay-off so this could happen. How else can you explain it?
No, I am not sorry WV is leaving the BE.
But, perhaps it true, WV did not leave the BE, the BE left WV.
At least the football schools did.