- Associated Press - Monday, November 23, 2015

CASTLETON, Vt. (AP) - A university in Vermont says the costume for its green-caped Spartan mascot has been found unharmed in the football stadium after it was reported missing.

A spokesman for Castleton University says Sparty’s costume was found Monday during an inspection of Spartan Stadium.

The costume disappeared from the Student Government Association offices between late September and the middle of October.

The association bought the mascot for $1,700 last year to replace one that was showing its wear.

University spokesman Jeff Weld said Monday that the school suspects that “Sparty just needed a break” after entertaining more than 6,000 people on homecoming weekend in late September.

He says the matter is considered closed by university officials.

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