True, but most of the nBE & Aresco were not onboard, and some are still not officially, when the former ESPN offer got rejected by the BE. UCONN, Cincy, and USF were a part of it though.
It's the final stage of the long-delayed breakup that followers knew would not be pretty. The real victims may be the new batch of former CUSA schools. But they had to know to a significant degree potentially what they were heading into.
Houston, SMU, and UCF jumped first and might now be regretting the move (but still over 1 million more a year in a higher profile league isn't exactly hurting them except in travel) but Memphis, Tulane, ECU and Navy (and possible soon Tulsa) knew what they were getting into.
Hard to feel sorry for the 7 of them (including Tulsa) that left 5 of their former conference-mates UAB, Marshall, SoMiss, Rice and UTEP to play with Temple, USF, UConn, Cincy and Navyfb.
It seems to be the legacy of the eastern independents. Despite playing each other for years, they all thought they were better than each other and had no issues walking away from each other regardless of the tradition and blowback. But considering the Big East was pretty much a collection of "the better" eastern indies, it's not surprising this is still going on.
I don't pity them. I pity the fans who actually enjoyed the rivalries between Pitt and WVU, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Memphis, and these others who now are stuck dealing with the actions of petty, little men.