Meet our guests: Winston-Salem State University
- Location: Winston-Salem, N.C.
- Founded: 1892
- Enrollment: 6,442
- Nickname: Rams
- Colors: Red and white
- Conference: Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association
- Semifinals: The Rams defeated West Texas A&M, 41-18
- The school originally was named Slater Industrial Academy in honor of John Fox Slater, an industrialist who founded endowed scholarships for black colleges after the abolition of slavery in 1865.
- The Rams’ home stadium, Bowman Gray Stadium, stays busy on Saturdays virtually year long. It seats 17,000 for football. In spring and summer, it is the site of the NASCAR Weekly Racing Series on Saturdays.
- Alabamian on the team: Branden Williams (No. 4), a quarterback from Seale’s Glenwood High School.
- Head coach Connell Maynor was an all-star quarterback in the Arena Football League, leading teams to four world championships and being named the Arena Bowl Most Valuable Player in 2000. His athletic ability also brought him appearances in the football films “Any Given Sunday” and “Remember the Titans.”
- Largest player: Offensive lineman Nathaniel Hartung, 6-foot-2, 380 pounds.
- Famous alumni: Selma Burke, the artist who sculpted the bust of Franklin D. Roosevelt that appears on the dime; Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam and organizer of the Million Man March; Maria Howell, actress who was the church-choir soloist in “The Color Purple.”