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.

Just days after the release of the surprise album "Slapper, Bangers & Certified Twangers, Vol. 1," American Aquarium lead singer B.J. Barham joins James and Cory on this week's podcast. Barham discusses the inspiration behind the 90's country cover album, returning to touring soon, starting his record label and more!

Barham also gives his thoughts on Reidsville native Breon Pass, the offseason moves for NC State basketball and looks forward to the 2021 football season in the second segment!

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NC State has nearly finalized its roster for the 2021-22 season, with transfers Casey Morsell and Greg Gantt Jr. now signed with the program. Cory and Miles take a look at the wild offseason so far that led to Morsell and Gantt ending up in Raleigh, along with other transfer portal news.

We also take a look at the final 247Sports rankings for NC State's Top 20 recruiting class, freshmen expectations for Ernest Ross, Terquavion Smith and Breon Pass, transfer fits and more in the Pack Pride Podcast!


Over the weekend, NC State and Wake Forest combined to score 68 runs with the Wolfpack averaging double-digit runs to win the series. Andrew and Alec breakdown the series win and what we learned about the Pack9 during the three games.

The guys also take a look forward during the off week at what comes next for State. With only two weekend series left, the Pack is in good position to make the postseason, but has two tough series lying ahead before the ACC Tournament.


Following spring practice and the NFL Draft, NC State is now in full prep mode for the 2021 football season. Chip Patterson of CBS Sports joins James and Cory to give his thoughts on the Wolfpack's upcoming season, Alim McNeill being drafted, next year's draft class and much more.

NC State men's golf coach Press McPhaul joins the podcast in the second segment to discuss the team's breakout season, Benjamin Shipp's huge year, the NCAA Tournament and success of NC State as a whole.

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After a long road to get to this point, NC State baseball is back inside the projected Field of 64 following a sweep of Virginia Tech. Aaron Fitt of D1Baseball joins Andrew and Alec to discuss the Pack9's season, the complete effort to get back to .500 in ACC play and much more.

The guys also break down the huge series win over Virginia Tech, preview this upcoming weekend against Wake Forest and much more in the final segment of the show.


On the latest episode of the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast, James and Cory are joined by Abby Labar, a Hurricanes and college football host for Bally Sports South. The NC State and Pack Pride alum discusses the Hurricanes' strong season, NC State connections and, of course, uncrustables.

In the second segment, James and Cory take a look back on the Pack9's three-game sweep, Lindsay Edmonds' move to Rice and what Kim Mulkey taking over at LSU could mean for NC State.

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On this week's episode of Sawyer & Ciencin, Alec and Andrew are joined by Tyler Younger, a former NC State assistant and current Mississippi State Coordinator of Player Development. Younger discusses his role with the program, SEC baseball, trips to the College World Series, Elliott Avent's impact on his career and much more!

In the second half, the guys take a look back on Carlos Rodón's no-hitter, the tight series at Notre Dame, the upcoming series vs. Virginia Tech and what State needs to do to get to the NCAA Tournament to close out the year.


Earlier this week, Merci Falaise was officially promoted to NC State's Director of Player Personnel, taking over for Billy Glasscock, who was hired for the same role at Texas. Falaise joined Michael and Cory on the Pack22 Podcast to discuss his new role.

How does being a former player help him as a leader in recruiting? What has he learned from the last four years in recruiting? Who has been his biggest influence when it comes to his relentless work ethic? What does he look for in recruits?


With the NC State women's and men's basketball seasons now coming to a close, Wolfpack legend Ernie Meyers joined James and Cory to breakdown the seasons, look forward to next year and discuss young black athletes using their platforms for change.

In the final segment, the guys also analyze Dave Doeren's new contract, the recruiting staff's revamp, Russell Wilson returning to Raleigh and the importance of this week for NC State baseball.

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NC State landed its first commit of the 2022 class in Rylan Vann earlier this week. Michael and Cory break down the newest addition to the Wolfpack, along with what his commitment means for the 2022 cycle.

We also take a look at what comes next with the live period approaching, provide analysis on Michael's first mock class and discuss why Doeren's new contract was so important for recruiting.


On this week's episode of the Sawyer & Ciencin Podcast, Alec and Andrew are joined by former NC State All-American Dallas Poulk. He details his time with the Wolfpack, shares stories of Elliott Avent and gives his thoughts on the current Pack 9 squad.

Alec and Andrew also take a look at the Wolfpack's sweep at Boston College along with the upcoming series against No. 7 Notre Dame. They also take a look at the Pack Pros -- shot prior to Carlos Rodón's no-hitter.


With the NC State basketball season coming to an end and the offseason in full swing, Scott Wood joins James and Cory to discuss his thoughts on the season. He also talks about Team Wolf Blood ahead of The Basketball Tournament -- and some surprise players who could be added.

Before the interview with Scott, the guys also break down the 2021 Spring Game, transfers for both basketball programs, NC State baseball's sweep at Boston College and much more!

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The NC State women's basketball program has been one of the best in the country for the last several years. Last week, the rich got even richer with two former 5-star guards in Madison Hayes and Diamond Johnson joining the program -- along with three senior starters returning.

Alec Sawyer and Cory Smith break down the roster moves, expectations for next season and how lineups might look once the season gets underway.


NC State completed its spring camp on Saturday afternoon with the first Spring Game in two years, with the Red team coming away with a 37-17 win over the White team. Michael and Cory take a look back on the performances on both sides of the ball in the showcase game.

How did Devin Leary perform in his first live action since October? Who were the standouts on offense and defense? Which young players made a name for themselves?


The start of the regular season is still months away, but NC State fans will get their first taste of the 2021 football season on Saturday. With the Spring Game just over 24 hours away, Cory and Michael preview what Wolfpack Nation should expect when the game kicks off.

What should Pack fans expect from Devin Leary? Who will emerge between Ben Finley and Aaron McLaughlin? Who are the offensive and defensive players to watch? We break it all down in the Pack Pride Podcast.