Chicago State mulls adding Division I football program

January 11, 2023 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago State is considering adding a Division I football team.

A predominantly Black institution with an enrollment of about 2,300, the South Side school announced Wednesday a committee of faculty, staff, students, partners, community leaders and “long-standing stakeholders across all levels of football in and around Chicago” will study in the coming months the impact a football program would have. That group will make recommendations to the university’s president.

The school did not mention which Division I tier it would join — FBS or FCS — or where a football team would play.

Chicago State has 15 Division I teams and operates as an independent after nine years in the Western Athletic Conference.


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