This is all over the news, and is considered more than just rumors. The inside word out of College Park, Maryland is that it will be announced later in the week. Done deal, apparently by those in the know. Just have to dot the "i's" and cross the "t's" at this point. It's been agreed in principle. Now they just have to meet together and officially cast the vote. Behind the scenes, the Big Ten universities are cool with it, and Maryland wants to move to the Big Ten. The Big Ten wants the move, to capture the Washington D.C. market (in addition to Baltimore and Philadelphia, and it opens up more east coast recruiting), and Maryland brings great academics, and is also one of the better research institutions.