I think these rumors are indicative of the atmosphere that Big 10 expansion has created with schools that could be involved. Nobody wants to be left in a conference that was raided by the Big 10 without a plan. The ACC raid on the Big East has had a negative impact on the football conference in terms of national perception. Losing another team would take the BCS bid away from the Big East.
I'm not a message board insider or a guy who knows another guy that is always ahead of the curve on rumors. The way I see this rumor is that on Friday we will still be in the Big East enjoying the fruits of an extremely good football recruiting class looking forward to playing Seton Hall at the Pete on Saturday. There is a chance that we could be a part of the Big 10 expansion but I would bet that the actual media not guys on a message board who get texts from mysterious sources will break the news.
Remember people the internet is serious business and don't forget to sign up for a message board account to complain about the Oakland Zoo. I hear that is what the cool guys are doing now.