Could Tad be back? It looks that way. There’s more than a loud whisper in the legal community that Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Chairman Tad Decker will be leaving his post to take over as chief executive officer of Cozen O’Connor.

Decker had been managing partner of the firm from 2000 until his departure for the board in 2004. Sources in both Philadelphia and Harrisburg, Pa., have said that water-cooler talk has long placed Decker as the incoming CEO, and with the recent announcement that firm leaders Stephen A. Cozen and Patrick J. O’Connor are giving up their leadership roles, that could become a reality within the next few weeks.