The Commander-In-Chief's Trophy was recovered Wednesday night, about 48 hours after it was believed to have been stolen, Navy officials said.

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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.


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.


Notes


• Rice coach Ken Hatfield resigned one day after he defiantly said he didn’t anticipate any staff changes following a 1-10 season. Less than 30 hours after Hatfield said he was looking forward to next season’s opener, he announced his decision to step down after 12 seasons at another news conference with athletic director Bobby May. Hatfield went 55-78-1 at Rice.


• South Florida coach Jim Leavitt agreed to a contract extension through 2012.


• USC’s Matt Leinart won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award given to the top senior quarterback. Leinart and teammate Reggie Bush were among the five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation player of the year award. They are joined by Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk, Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn and Texas quarterback Vince Young.