Pac-12 links: Stanford lands four-star QB, $151 million donation, Twitter trade

» Stanford “traded” Twitter handles with Syracuse, giving up @SUAthletics in exchange for a local goods package that includes a crate of oranges.

“Obviously we’re thrilled to activate @GoStanford as our official Twitter handle and pull off this dynamic trade,” said Bernard Muir, The Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics at Stanford. “From a branding standpoint, this trade makes sense for both schools. We held both accounts – the social media equivalent to having two starting quarterbacks, and we wanted to derive as much value fun as possible. We expect great things from our new starter, @GoStanford, and wish @SUAthletics good luck in a new home.”

The Cardinal also landed four-star quarterback Keller Chryst and got $151 million from donor John Arrillaga. But those oranges! What a coup.

» Oregon continues its run as basketball’s Transfer U. Last week, the Ducks added Houston transfer Joseph Young, a 6-foot-3 guard that led the Cougars with 18.0 points per game as a redshirt sophomore. If he isn’t granted a waiver, he will only be eligible for the 2014-15 season.

Dana Altman recently landed his fifth and sixth senior transfers in ex-Iowa State commit Richard Amardi and UNLV’s Mike Moser.

» Oregon State running back Storm Woods, on his team’s 31-27 Alamo Bowl loss to Texas: “I’ve watched it more than 10 times by myself, honestly. It haunts me still, and it fuels me but at the same time, I have to let it go.”

» Dunk contest highlights from Washington’s alumni game, set to 2Pac’s “Ambitionz Az A Ridah.”

» Arizona State’s All-Pac-12 safety Alden Darby said his main focus is correcting “wasted movement.”

» Tyler Slavin is transferring out of Arizona, leaving the Wildcats without three of their top six receivers from 2012. He caught for 224 yards and a touchdown, the game-winner in the New Mexico Bowl.

» Cal released its own “You Can Play” video, joining UCLA and Stanford as the Pac-12′s participants.

» Former Utah ski coach Pat Miller, responsible for eight NCAA titles, passed away.

» Colorado is already listed as underdogs by 20 points or more in six conference games.

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