I was thinking about this over the weekend. Its fantasy, but if you could combine Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton you would have a really good school. Nebraska State. :) UNO has the good football and hockey, with Creighton's bb, baseball, and soccer. It would be a really good I-AA school. Its a day dream. Care on.
SportsKC, I note your fantasy statement, and rarely, have private colleges, particularly those religious affiliated, merged with public supported institutions. It has been done. For example, in 1972, Gordon Military College (2 year private), became a unit (Gordon College)of the University System of Georgia. In this case, the college LOST some sports teams including a respectable history in football, and basketball. In the days when freshmen at 4 yr. colleges were not placed on the varsity teams, these types of junior colleges played the 4 yr. freshmen teams.
Some colleges are even next door to one another: Univ. of Penn-Drexel; SC State-Claflin; Benedict-Allen. There are others. Of course governance, history, finances, special missions, study body characteristics, alumni, etc. discourages consolidation; and consolidation is often not a good thing or favored. But, get your fantasy sports point, and it is something to ponder regarding the sports aspect.
I have posted seldom on the "Dakotas" board. Granted, this is a region whereby I don't have a lot of direct detail. I had thought for a long time when the ND-SD 4 (state schools) were Div. II, that moves to at least 1-AA, by one plus, were reachable as the shifts have shown. It is interesting to see the demographic and strategic discussions on this. Metropolitan, and those he discusses/debates with on this frequently, have really reached deep in terms of certain details.