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@FakeJeffWithey reveals himself in Daily Kansan column

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The veil has been lifted on one of the most popular KU-related "fake" Twitter accounts: The man behind the @FakeJeffWithey account has revealed himself in a column in today's University Daily Kansan.

His name is Ty Gardner, and he actually graduated from KU last spring. He talked with the Journal-World back in 2011 for a story about KU-related Twitter parody accounts, but he asked for his identity to remain secret. Since then, the PG-13-rated feed, which cast the 7-foot KU basketball player as some kind of raging party animal and made various KU basketball-related cracks, has exploded from about 1,800 followers to more than 32,000.

But now that Withey's KU career is finished, Gardner says he's hanging up the keys to the @FakeJeffWithey account. The Kansan even got a photo of him posing next to Real Jeff Withey on the Allen Fieldhouse floor. (Withey has said he's a fan.)

The front page of today's Daily Kansan, containing the big @FakeJeffWithey scoop.

The front page of today's Daily Kansan, containing the big @FakeJeffWithey scoop. by Matt Erickson

I'm curious how the reveal might help or hurt Gardner's career prospects, or how much he cares. But in the Kansan column, he writes about how the fake account became a big part of his life and thanks everyone for playing along.

Perhaps you feel as though the end of @FakeJeffWithey will leave a void in your life, but now you've got a few extra seconds each day to send your KU news tips to merickson@ljworld.com, so no need to worry.

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