To those who don't think college athletics are anything like the pros, I give you news that Syracuse University and Stanford University have just completed a trade.
No, Scott Shafer is not returning to his former stomping grounds for a field hockey player to be named later. Stanford has agreed to hand over the rights to the @SUAthletics Twitter handle in exchange for a sack of oranges and some other stuff.
Stanford’s social media lineup saw a shakeup over the weekend as the nation’s most successful athletic department traded its Twitter handle, @SUAthletics, to the Syracuse University Athletics. The trade is believed to be the first blockbuster trade in college athletics. To complete the trade, Syracuse will send a collection of local goods to be named later but also including one case of oranges, which Stanford intends to use in refilling its 2011 Orange Bowl trophy.
I'm beginning to think the only reason we renamed ourselves the Orange is so we can dupe people into trades & bets that involve us giving up a couple oranges.
Syracuse has been using @Cuse as its athletics handle and one would assume that @Cuse would now be retired and/or re-appropriated. Your assumptions would be wrong.
RT @cuse: While the trade gives Syracuse Athletics control of @SUAthletics, we have no plans to switch our primary handle Twitter handle...— Sean Keeley (@NunesMagician) July 1, 2013
So...SU Athletics will now have two Twitter handles? That doesn't sound...confusing? Whatever. We won, you guys. Suck on our oranges, Stanford.