10/27/2012: That's the rumor down at the faculty club. No details yet. An honorable outcome, particularly if it's quick and cheap.
Update: A reader points out that Lariviere gave Bean a 3 year contract renewal in May 2011, which Berdahl reapproved after the sabbatical - i.e. until July 2014. This doesn't prevent Gottfredson from hiring a new Provost, it just makes it a bit more expensive.