Not so fast on the FieldTurf

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame may continue playing its home games on natural grass beyond 2013 after all.

At his fall camp-opening news conference Friday, Irish coach Brian Kelly clarified comments he made one day earlier about FieldTurf coming to Notre Dame Stadium in the near future.

"Yeah, I want to go back on that one a little bit and I want to add one word," Kelly said Friday. "I said FieldTurf is coming -- I want to say I hope FieldTurf is coming. And as you all know, and I've said this a million times, that is above my pay grade. I'm not the one who is rolling out the turf. I know you guys know that. So certainly [athletic director] Jack Swarbrick, that's his domain. I do not want to do Jack's job. I've got enough to do with my own. But I think I've made it pretty clear to all of you that I hope that's where we go, but that's clearly not my decision."

Speaking Thursday night on a local radio station, WSBT, Kelly made the issue of FieldTurf sound more like a matter of when, not if.

"FieldTurf is coming," Kelly told the station. "It's something that’s eventually going to be in the stadium. We had a lot of construction in there this year, which kind of put us back a little bit, but that’s coming."

Notre Dame Stadium has had a natural grass surface since it opened in 1930. The team practices on FieldTurf.