ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy was recovered Wednesday night, about 48 hours after it was believed to have been stolen, Navy officials said.
The trophy, awarded annually to the winner of the football competition between the three major service academies, was found in a storage room inside Bancroft Hall, the academy's dormitory.
"All that matters is that we found the [trophy] and it's in good hands now," Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk told The Washington Post. "We'll bring it to Philadelphia with us and the winner of the game will take it home with them."
The 170-pound trophy was taken Monday night from the team's locker room, Navy spokesman Scott Strasemeier said. It is normally displayed in a locked glass case at Bancroft Hall but was moved to the football building to provide motivation for the players.
Left in its place was a note that read: "Before we win the football game on Saturday, we thought we would take the trophy. By the time you read this, it will be halfway to West Point," home of the U.S. Military Academy.
Although it appeared that the theft was an Army prank, there was no evidence except for the note. In the past, Army has stolen the goat that Navy used as a mascot.