Google CEO Eric Schmidt as Temporary Steve Jobs Replacement?

Doug Kass of The Street has posted some tidbits he's heard from the trading desks and industry. According to this writeup, "these items have not been confirmed."

I am also hearing that Google CEO Eric Schmidt has already begun low-level discussions with several Apple board members regarding his role as a possible temporary replacement to Steve Jobs should the options-backdating issues intensify at legal levels.

His previous column in early January claimed that Steve Jobs would be announcing a leave of absence, which has not yet come to be true.