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.” Continue reading

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Guerrero highest-paid public school AD in Pac-12

School Name School Pay Other Pay Total Pay Max Bonus
UCLA Dan Guerrero $715,211 $0 $715,211 $75,000
Cal Sandy Barbour $576,931 $25,000 $601,931 $271,004
Arizona Greg Byrne $600,000 $0 $600,000 $338,462
Oregon State Bob De Carolis $562,376 $0 $562,376 $50,000
Washington Scott Woodward $553,000 $0 $553,000 $0
Oregon Rob Mullens $500,000 $0 $500,000 $150,000
WSU Bill Moos $455,000 $2,000 $457,000 $107,501
Utah Chris Hill $450,000 $0 $450,000 $0
ASU Steve Patterson $365,000 $0 $365,000 $182,500
Colorado Mike Bohn $306,640 $3,500 $310,140 $154,000

No salaries available for Stanford’s Bernard Muir or USC’s Pat Haden since private schools aren’t bound by the same disclosure laws. All figures from USA Today.

The numbers skew after bonuses, as both Cal’s Sandy Barbour and Arizona’s Greg Byrne can max out above Guerrero at $872,935 and $938,462, respectively. Guerrero ranks 18th in the FBS in total pay.

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