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 landed its fifth four-star prospect in either the 247Sports rankings or 247Sports Composite rankings on Saturday afternoon with Oakboro (N.C.) West Stanly LB Jordan Poole committing to the Pack.

Michael Clark and Cory Smith take a look at what his commitment means for State, why he picked the Pack, how he fits into the system and who's next for State's 2021 class on the Pack Pride Podcast!

 


It's been a busy week for the Wolfpack, whether it was fall camp starting for football, D.J. Funderburk returning, T.J. Warren bursting the NBA's bubble or some big baseball news. James and Cory cover it all in this week's podcast!

What does Funderburk's return mean for the 2020-21 roster and young players? How seriously is NC State taking health precautions during fall camp? What has led to Warren's emergence?

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With just over one month until the start of the regular season, NC State finally knows who it will be facing in 2020. Following the release of the Wolfpack's 2020 schedule, Michael and Cory take a look at the slate an offer an in-depth breakdown of every game and more on the Pack Pride Podcast.

How difficult will the opening stretch of four games on the road in the first seven weeks be for the Pack? What's the toughest three-week stretch for the Pack? Can State close out strong to clinch a seven- or eight-win season this fall?

 


The 2020 football season is just over one month away, but NC State is still not sure who to prepare for in its season opener. Following the ACC shifting the schedule to conference-only with a plus-one model, Michael and Cory break down the matchups and offer their thoughts on the changes.

Did NC State's schedule get easier or tougher? What are the best new matchups on the 2020 schedule? Will fans be allowed in the stadium? Will there even be a season after these drastic changes?


This sports season has been a trying one for athletes all over the country, but none more so than Olympic athletes. Former NC State National Champion Nick Gwiazdowski joins the Pack Pride Podcast to discuss how he's preparing for the postponed Summer Games and the current state of the Wolfpack wrestling program.

Following Gwiazdowski's interview, Cory and James dissect the new matchups for NC State football after the ACC's release on Wednesday. We also take a look at what it means for the ACC-SEC showdowns, adding Notre Dame to the ACC and much more! 

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With NC State basketball returning to the court last week and another huge AAU tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. over the weekend, Cory and Miles take a look at some of the biggest storylines surrounding the Pack.

How much has Terquavion Smith improved this offseason? Where does the Pack stand with De'Ante Green? What would the return of D.J. Funderburk mean for State in 2020-21? What are the expectations for the Pack's point guard spot?

 


With the football season ramping up toward a September kickoff, the News & Observer has hired a new NC State beat writer in Jonas Pope. The newest member of the Wolfpack media joined the Pack Pride Podcast to discuss his new role with Cory and James.

What led to Pope accepting the position? Will NC State remain undefeated in basketball in games he attends? How much pride does Pope take in being an HBCU graduate in this position?

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Thanks to a two-month stretch that saw NC State add 12 of its 15 commits in the 2021 class, the Wolfpack is back on track in recruiting. Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports Director of Recruiting, joined the podcast to discuss the Pack's current haul, how COVID-19 limited the program's success and how wild this fall will be for recruiting.

Cory and James Curle also discuss various topics including conference-only scheduling, NC State's return to practice, Terquavion Smith's huge weekend and much more at the top of the show!


Following the hiring of Ruffin McNeill in a Special Assistant to the Head Coach role, Cory and James were joined by two people who know him best -- his high school coach Finley Read and Fayetteville Observer beat writer Sammy Batten.

What makes McNeill such a beloved coach? How will he bring change in a limited role with the Wolfpack? Can he make an impact in recruiting despite not being able to travel?

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Despite already filling all of its vacancies for the 2020 football season, NC State was still looking for one more leader on the staff. On Tuesday morning, the Wolfpack officially announced the hiring of former ECU head coach and Oklahoma assistant Ruffin McNeill.

What does the hire mean for the Pack? How expansive will his role be in Raleigh? In what ways can McNeill help in recruiting and advising the staff and players?


While most of the sports world is still shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions, the NWSL has already kicked off the season. Former NC State women's soccer star Tziarra King was finally able to make her debut with a goal in the 89th minute for the Utah Royals FC in a 3-3 draw.

King joins R. Cory Smith and James Curle on the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast to discuss her huge debut, how NC State helped shape her as a soccer player and the activism across the NWSL to help make a difference.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put an end to sports all across the country, but it's never too early to start looking ahead to the season. In the second part of our "double album" podcast edition with B.J. Barham of American Aquarium, we discuss the NC State football and basketball program.

What was Barham's most memorable moment as a Wolfpack fan? What are his thoughts on the upcoming recruiting classes? After attending every home game last season, what does he see for the future of NC State basketball and football?

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The COVID-19 pandemic has put an end to sports all across the country, but it's hit the music industry especially hard. In the first part of our "double album" podcast edition with B.J. Barham of American Aquarium, we discuss his love of NC State and the band's newest album.

What went into releasing "Lamentations" during the pandemic? How did the album rise to the top of the Billboard charts? In what ways has NC State influenced his music throughout his career?

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NC State's recruiting momentum continued to roll on Friday evening with the commitment of four-star defensive end Travali Price and long snapper/tackle Jayden Tate. Michael Clark and R. Cory Smith break down the two newest commits for the Wolfpack on the Pack Pride Podcast!

What does Price add to the 2021 class? How did the Pack pull the brothers out of North Lincoln? How will they both fit in with the program? Who's next for the 2021 class following yet another four-star commit?


After losing one of its top assistants in Takayo Siddle to UNCW, NC State brought Mike Summey back home. The newest NC State assistant joins James Curle and Cory Smith on this week's Pack Pride Weekly Podcast!

What led to Summey falling in love with NC State as a kid? How did his connection to Siddle lead to his hiring by Kevin Keatts? How much more passionate is Summey about recruiting to his alma mater? What are the difficulties of taking over as an assistant coach with the COVID-19 restrictions?

Summey discusses all those questions along with stories about Simon Harris, Julius Hodge, camping at NC State with Terry Gannon and why getting the job with the Wolfpack brought him to tears.

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