Hosted by R. Cory Smith and Michael Clark, the Pack Pride Podcast is the official podcast of Pack Pride. A syndicated partner of 247Sports, Pack Pride is an independent publication that brings you the latest on NC State athletics. You can find us at www.PackPride.com.

NC State wrapped up the 2023-24 season in recent weeks, and what a season it was. Not only did the Wolfpack land multiple ACC Championships and finish inside countless Top 25s, but also earned trips to both Final Fours, the College World Series and another National Championship.

Cory Smith and James Curle planned to wrap all of that up, but the discussion with former Wolfpack guard Casey Morsell was too compelling to end, so we spent the entire episode talking to him. We'll discuss his time in Raleigh, what his final season meant after early struggles, his basketball journey, why he passed up professional options and look ahead to what he has coming up this summer. Don't miss out on this episode!

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Just three months ago, DJ Horne and NC State were preparing for a trip to Dallas to take on Marquette and eventually Duke in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight. While the Wolfpack's magical run is over, Horne joins the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast to look back on the wild ride to Phoenix, his status as a hometown hero, preparing for the NBA Draft and several other topics.

On the second segment, Cory Smith and James Curle will look back at a productive week for NC State football recruiting with five new commits and Pack hoops adding French-Canadian big man Ismaël Diouf to complete the roster. Listen to or watch this week's podcast to get all of that and so much more!

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NC State is done in Omaha after falling to Florida, 5-4, in Monday's elimination game in the College World Series. The Wolfpack gave up four runs in the second with Dom Fritton on the mound and couldn't quite get back over the hump after taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning to end the season in the CWS.

Alec Sawyer joins Cory Smith and James Curle to discuss the Wolfpack's season, the tough losses in Omaha and more when it comes to NC State baseball. Can the Wolfpack rebuild this loaded team and make another run next year? We'll discuss all that and more on this week's podcast!

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After downing No. 7 Georgia in the Super Regionals, NC State is already in Omaha for the third time in the last 11 years! Cory Smith and Alec Sawyer take a look back at the Athens Super Regionals and look ahead to the College World Series.

Who were some of the biggest stars from Athens? How battle-tested is the Pack9 after beating two SEC teams in the last two weeks to reach Omaha? What does NC State's side of the bracket look like this weekend? We'll take a look at all of that and more on the latest podcast!


NC State clinched an 8-5 win over No. 7 Georgia to seal up the Athens Super Regional and head back to the College World Series. James Curle and Cory Smith recap the Pack's huge win on the latest edition of the podcast!

How big were the bats from veterans and freshmen alike to propel the Pack to Omaha? How about those arms with Logan Whitaker, Jacob Dudan and Derrick Smith all shutting down the Dawgs? We'll discuss all of that and preview Omaha on this week's podcast!

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Following a dominant showing in the Raleigh Regional, No. 10 NC State is heading to Athens to take on No. 7 Georgia in the Super Regionals. Peter Flaherty of Baseball America joins Alec Sawyer and Cory Smith to discuss the Pack9's run and preview the Athens Super Regionals.

The guys break down the hitting, pitching and defense for the Bulldogs, along with what to expect from Charlie Condon and the rest of the UGA lineup. We'll also dissect the Pack9's current draft class and where players like Jacob Cozart, Alec Makarewicz, Eli Serrano III and others could land in the upcoming draft.


For the second time in four years, NC State is heading to the Super Regionals after sweeping the Raleigh Regional. Cory Smith and James Curle will discuss how the Pack9 rolled through the competition at Doak Field and what comes next against No. 7 Georgia in the Athens Regional.

In the second segment, ACC Network analyst Eric Mac Lain will join the guys to discuss NC State football's offseason. How does this team match up with his former program in Clemson? And does the Pack have the pieces to make a run at an ACC Championship? Watch or listen to this week's podcast to get all of that and more!

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NC State is set to host its first Regional in Raleigh since the 2018 season after a strong finish to the 2024 campaign. With South Carolina, James Madison and Bryant coming to town, can the Wolfpack advance from Doak Field for the first time in over a decade?

Andrew Ciencin rejoins Alec Sawyer and Cory Smith to recap the season, break down the Raleigh Regional and discuss the Pack9's chances of advancing. Watch or listen to the latest podcast to get all of that and more!


NC State was bounced from the ACC Tournament after going 1-1, but still earned hosting duties with the Raleigh Regional starting this Friday. The Pack9 will play as the No. 10 overall seed with South Carolina, James Madison and Bryant all coming to Doak Field.

Cory Smith and James Curle will take a look at the field, what led to the Wolfpack finishing with a Top-10 seed and what the path to Omaha looks like. The guys will also discuss Abby Lampe's second Cheese Roll championship, the latest on NC State basketball scheduling and more!

This podcast is sponsored by Scott Wood and the Scott Wood Home Lending Team. Reach out to the Wolfpack legend about your home loan at scottwood15.com today!

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Coming off a massive sweep of Wake Forest, NC State heads into the ACC Tournament as a near lock for a Regional host and a Top 4 seed in Charlotte. But could a run this week lead to even more for the Pack when it comes to the NCAA Tournament?

Cory and James are joined by Alec Sawyer to discuss the latest when it comes to the Pack9, break down the ACC Tourney and outlook for the NCAA Tournament. Get all of that and more on the latest podcast!

This podcast is sponsored by Scott Wood and the Scott Wood Home Lending Team. Reach out to the Wolfpack legend about your home loan at scottwood15.com today!

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No. 17 NC State baseball is coming off another huge series win over No. 10 Virginia on the road and has just one series remaining. With the Pack9 hosting No. 8 Wake Forest this weekend, the opportunity to host an NCAA Regional and clinch a Top 4 seed in the ACC Tournament are both on the line.

Eric Sorenson of D1Baseball joins Alec Sawyer and Cory Smith to talk about the Pack's hopes at hosting a Regional with three regular-season games remaining. Watch or listen to the full podcast for that discussion, a recap of the Virginia series, preview of Wake Forest and much more!

This podcast is sponsored by Scott Wood and the Scott Wood Home Lending Team. Reach out to the Wolfpack legend about your home loan at scottwood15.com today!


NC State had another big week on and off the field as the football team added several quality transfers and baseball kept things humming. Cory Smith and James Curle discuss the latest on the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast!

The guys discuss the additions of Kerry Martin, Chazz Wallace and Ja'Had Carter through the transfer portal on the football side. They'll also breakdown the series win over No. 10 Virginia and where the Pack9 stands heading into the final series of ACC play.

This podcast is sponsored by Scott Wood and the Scott Wood Home Lending Team. Reach out to the Wolfpack legend about your home loan at scottwood15.com today!

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After a long hiatus, the Sawyer & Ciencin Podcast is back! Andrew Ciencin is still out, but Cory Smith jumps in to discuss everything that's happened for the Pack9 over the last month and look ahead to the upcoming series.

Alec Sawyer and Cory discuss the Wolfpack's recent play, the upcoming series against Virginia and much more on the return of the Sawyer & Ciencin podcast! With the postseason just around the corner, NC State is finally retooling with players returning from injury and could be on track to start clicking at the right time in May and June.


On this week's Pack Pride Weekly Podcast episode, Cory and James look back at the week that was for baseball, basketball recruiting and more. We'll also dissect the weekends for men's and women's tennis, softball and what the next few weeks could bring. 

On the second portion of the show, NC State signee Zamareya Jones joins the show to discuss her State Championship-winning season with North Pitt, the McDonald's and Jordan Brand All-American Games and what she's bringing to the Wolfpack next season. Get all of that and more on the latest Pack Pride Weekly Podcast!

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On this week’s episode of the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast, Cory Smith and James Curle discuss the Pack9’s sweep over Ball State, the results of the 2024 NFL Draft, the addition of Marcus Hill and Caitlin Weimar through the portal and the departure of Mo Diarra. 

In the second segment, former NC State wideout Kelvin Harmon will join the show to discuss his hot start in the UFL with the DC Defenders, his journey back to football, the current Wolfpack wide receivers room and much more!

This podcast is sponsored by Scott Wood and the Scott Wood Home Lending Team. Reach out to the Wolfpack legend about your home loan at scottwood15.com today!

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