Marinatto invited Navy (and couldn't get Army or Air Force to pair up with them).
Marinatto then briefly had Boise State and San Diego State signed up to join the conference.
This MESS led to Marinatto being fired and Aresco taking his job.
Aresco set about to build an all-sports conference (and un-do the ugly hybrid).
The "Big East 7 Catholic BB schools left and paid for the Big East name.
Boise Sate and SDSU left and rejoined the MWC.
Unfortunately, Aresco could not "un-invite" Navy.
Navy does have a big following, and is one of the more attractive AAC schools in terms of filling up a bowl game.
However, it would be better to have 2 or none FB affiliates. Navy / Army should have been a package deal.
The Catholic schools cut a TV deal behind his back and left the OBE hanging. Aresco would have loved keeping the old BE together with a 12 team FB conference and the remaining C7 Catholic schools. Keeping schools like Villanova, Georgetown, and Marquette in the fold would have kept the BE at the top of the TV market as one of the top BB conferences in the country. Had Villanova moved up to FBS FB the OBE hybrid would still be together today probably without Tulsa in the league.
BE FB East - UConn, Temple, Villanova, ECU, UCF, USF.
BE FB West - Navy, Cinn, Houston, Memphis, Tulane, SMU.
The conference could move on with decent FB and a Championship Game for FB, yet still standout above the other G4 schools as a national BB power heavily concentrated in the Northeast supported by great BB institutions in the Southwest and Midwest too. The combination of UConn, Temple, Marquette, Georgetown, Memphis, Villanova, Cinn and up and coming SMU under Larry Brown would have drawn as many NCAA bids as the OBE before WV, Pitt, Syracuse, ND, and L'Ville left. A decent TV contract could have been hammered out with ESPN too.