August 15, 2014 | Notre Dame Athletics
Former Irish football team captain and standout running back Jim Morse has made a gift to the University of Notre Dame for the installation of FieldTurf in Notre Dame Stadium.
Installation of the artificial surface began the week after Notre Dame's May 18 University Commencement Ceremony in the stadium, and work was completed last week, in plenty of time for the 2014 home- and season-opening football game Aug. 30 against Rice. The FieldTurf also is expected to provide additional practice opportunities in Notre Dame Stadium for Brian Kelly's squad.
A generous benefactor to his alma mater, Morse also made a major gift that helped underwrite the Coleman-Morse Center. Named after the former Notre Dame star and his wife, as well as the late Thomas Coleman, the Coleman-Morse Center - located near the center of Notre Dame's south quadrangle - was dedicated in 2001 and is home to the First Year of Studies, the Academic Services for Student-Athletes offices and the Office of Campus Ministry.