Lash, in this one---I come much closer to agreeing with Tigershark, at least in the concept of regional continuity--not necessarily the particular schools.
You change your point-of-view often, which gets confusing in trying to follow the level of seriousness with your arguments. The concept of travel partners is to offer a school at least one close-by rival and to provide visiting traveling squads for minor sports to make "two" in one trip. It doesn't work for football and not often for basketball.
If the commonality between the MWC and the BE is one of close parity, then why did you just claim the superiority of the BE? Then what's your rationale? One has nine fb members, the other has eight. Maybe some common ground there, but hardly grounds for a cross country union.
The underlying assumption behind the BCS is that the auto-members perform at a higher level and their representatives are near equally deserving in being on the same platform.
If one excludes the top 5 BCS conferences, and an informed individual could pick twelve from all the rest (BE, MWC, WAC, CUSA, MAC, SB, independents), certainly a super conference could be found near equal, or perhaps even better, than those among the top BCS five. This would dismiss geography and focus on "who is hot now" for identity purposes. The MWC is not alone in the hypothetical possibilities.
Much of the pride of the SEC, PAC10, B10, and some with the others, is their geographic continuity and regional identity. Someone could do a dream conference and put Southern Cal and Miami of FLA in it and call it the "Sunshine Coast to Coast" Conference.
You pointed out my mentioning of ECU as a BE past and future consideration. That too, has a foundation in regionalism which I have made arguments in behalf of that exceed travel expenses. I am solidly consistent on this point, whether it is the matter of BC, LA Tech, UTEP, USF, or others near similar.
The BE is safe, but may need to add one to four teams over time pending a split or if there is a desire for divisional play. The politics of the MWC and the BE will not mesh for formulated same-conference membership. The "Villanova Theory", which I seriously questioned, is far more realistic by comparison.