Here are a few more of them:
Southern Michigan University Tigers (Jackson): Historic Normal (Founded in the Nineteenth Century). Ph.D. Level Colleges of Education, Humanities, and Pure Mathematics (But not Engineering, Too Close to Ann Arbor). Student Body is between Eastern Michigan and Grand Valley State in size.
This is cool. I have often conjectured about a "Southern Michigan University" and also often conjectured that it be located in Jackson. Jackson is one of only 2 metropolitan areas in the state that do not have a state university. The other is Niles-Benton Harbor, but there is a branch of Western Michigan University on the campus of Lake Michigan College, which is a junior college/community college. When Michigan became a state, Jackson, which had more political pull at the time in the Michigan Legislature were given the choice of one of two institutions. Either the state penitentionery or the University of Michigan. They chose the former as they thought the state pen had more economic and growth potential. They were obviously wrong. Jackson is kind of a depressed industrial town, and a state university would do it some good. There is no Southern Michigan, and SMU would be perfect for Jackson.
Port Huron State University Hurons (Port Huron, Michigan). Historic Normal with a special arraingment with local indian tribes allowing them the use of the nickname in return for free tuition to tribal members. Historic rivalries with Oakland University, Eastern Michigan, and Central Michigan. Student Body Ca.15,000.
The only thing I would disagree with here is the "Hurons". Eastern Michigan had that name, and dropped it because they asked the Huron Tribe and they didn't approve, so EMU became the Eagles. Also, I have thought that since there is a Lake Superior State University, there should also be a Lake Huron State, a Lake Erie State, and a Lake Michigan State. To me, there are 4 metropolitan center cities in Michigan without a state university, and 1 big micropolitan center. They are:
Jackson: Home of the state pen
Port Huron: which is a sattlelite metro city and part of the greater Detroit metro area and would be its own metro area if it wasn't too close to Detroit.
Monroe: another sattlelite metro city and its own technical metro area, albeit a small one, but also a part of the greater Detroit metro area, and is half way between Detroit and Toledo and has a lot of ties with Toledo as much as Detroit.
Niles-Benton Harbor: just north of South Bend metro area, yet is its own metro area on the shores of Lake Michigan. Its a part of what is called Michiana
and South Bend, IN is the capital of Michiana.
Traverse City: in Northwest Lower Peninsula, and a big tourist and summer home town.
So to recap, I would create 5 new state universities in Michigan with the following names and locales:
Jackson: Southern Michigan University
Port Huron: Lake Huron State University
Monroe: Lake Erie State University
Benton Harbor: Lake Michigan State University
Traverse City: Grand Traverse State University