ST. LOUIS — The Gateway Collegiate Athletic Conference, formerly an all-women's league, has added men's football with six teams from NCAA I-AA schools.
Conference play will begin in September for men's teams from Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, Northern Iowa, Southern Illinois at Carbondale, Southwest Missouri and Western Illinois.
Women's athletic teams at all six schools already compete within the Gateway Conference. Other Gateway members that compete in women's sports are Bradley, Drake, Indiana State and Wichita State.
Jim Sheehan, the conference spokesman, said officials from Drake and Indiana State indicated their men's football teams would not join the Gateway league this season. Wichita State competes in NCAA Division I-A and Bradley has no football team.