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With the season just 45 days away, linebacker Payton Wilson joins Cory Smith to discuss his return to NC State. The All-ACC First Teamer breaks down his reasoning for coming back to Raleigh, what he plans to improve this year and more.

Wilson gives his thoughts on his recovery from shoulder surgery, why the linebacker corps can be one of the best in the country, his relationship with Devin Leary and development under Coach Thunder.

Heading into the 2021 season, there's been a lot of focus placed on the 18 returning starters on offense and defense for NC State. But returning a record-breaking kicker like Christopher Dunn is another reason to be optimistic about the Pack in 2021.

Dunn joins the Pack Pride Podcast with Cory Smith to discuss the records he's already broken, how he's improved this offseason, recovering from a late-season injury, his expectations for the program and much more!

One of the lone question marks heading into 2021 for NC State football is: Who will step up after Alim McNeill headed to the NFL? C.J. Clark has been the answer for the Wolfpack this offseason, showing out in camp, the spring game and workouts to earn his role.

Clark joined Cory Smith on the Pack Pride Podcast to discuss what he's learned the last two years, why he feels he's ready to be a starter, how the 2019 recruiting class has shaped the defense, his number change and much more!

With the 2021 college football season less than two months away, NC State QB Devin Leary joins the Pack Pride Podcast with Cory Smith to discuss his return from a broken left fibula, confidence of the team and much more.

Leary explains how his mindset has changed after recovering from the season-ending injury, how prepared he is to take over Tim Beck's offense again and the ceiling for NC State heading into this fall.

With the NC State season wrapping up, James and Cory are joined by Lauren Brownlow of WRAL Sports Fan to discuss the end of the year, her upcoming episode of "NC State Stuff" and much more!

Cory and James also hand out their awards for Player of the Year, Team of the Year, Best Game and much more in the second segment in the final podcast of the season.

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By now, everyone knows NC State's season ended in abrupt fashion with an exit from Omaha due to COVID-19 protocols. Andrew and Alec look back on a rollercoaster season for the Pack9 that finished with a massive run to the College World Series semifinals.

The guys take one final look back on the run to Omaha, how things ended for the Pack, the awards season haul for the players, hand out their own awards and preview what comes next and who could be back for the 2022 season.

Over the last four days, NC State went from a state of euphoria in Omaha to having its opportunity ripped away by the NCAA. James and Cory break down everything that transpired, their reactions to the Pack9's exit and more.

We also discuss the game on Friday for the "Pack13," the reception by NC State fans on Saturday at Doak Field and the response from the administration -- including thoughts on Cory's interview with Boo Corrigan on Monday.

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Over the weekend, NC State baseball was removed from the College World Series by the NCAA due to COVID-19 protocols. As more information continues to come out, we were joined by Wolfpack Athletics Director Boo Corrigan to break down exactly what transpired and what NC State did to combat the decision.

Corrigan also discusses the events that took place, the lack of transparency by the NCAA, the AP report that contradicts the NCAA's release, the players tested prior to Friday's game that weren't able to arrive in time and much more. Cory and Corrigan also discuss the reception for the Pack9 at Doak Field and plans for a new stadium for the Wolfpack and much more.

NC State's football recruiting continues to stay red hot with three commits in a five-day span for the 2022 class all on the defensive side of the ball. Michael and Cory break down the additions of defensive backs Isaiah Crowell and Darius Edmundson and the four-star commit from edge rusher Brandon Cleveland.

What does each player add to the defense in the future? What took place for the Wolfpack to pull Cleveland out of Florida? How many spots are left after the Pack has now reached double-digit commits for the 2022 class? And most importantly -- who's next?

After getting off to a 2-0 start in the College World Series for the first time in program history, NC State is three wins away from a National Championship. Alec and Andrew break down the road ahead and what the Pack9 must do against Vanderbilt to advance to the Best of 3 Finals.

What were the guys' thoughts on the first two games for the Pack? Who should start for NC State on Friday and (possibly) Saturday against the Commodores? Will State see Vandy's 1-2 punch of Kumar Rocker and Jack Leiter -- and does the Pack even care?

We discuss it all on this week's episode of Sawyer & Ciencin ahead of one of the biggest weeks in NC State baseball history!

NC State is headed to the College World Series semifinals after starting off 2-0 in Omaha, so we decided to get Brett Kinneman on to hear about his experience. The former NC State slugger is currently a student assistant with the team and joined James and Cory to break down the Pack's run, Elliott Avent's impact and much more.

Cory and James also discuss the Wolfpack's recent success on the football recruiting trail -- including the Pack's latest commit on Tuesday evening.

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NC State just keeps on rolling in recruiting, this week adding two of its long-time top targets in the 2022 class. Cory and Michael break down the commitments of four-star running back Michael Allen and high three-star cornerback Jackson Vick in the same week.

How did the Wolfpack land each target after more than a year of recruiting them? What makes Vick one of the top DBs in the state? Who is the best comparison for Allen at running back? And most importantly -- who's next?!

Heading into the Fayetteville Super Regional, only one analyst for D1Baseball believed the Pack9 would take down No. 1 Arkansas. That man was Eric Sorenson, and he joined Alec and Andrew on this week's Sawyer & Ciencin Podcast.

Sorenson breaks down why he picked NC State to advance to Omaha, his thoughts on Elliott Avent and previews the rest of the field. Alec and Andrew also take a look back on the Pack's performance in Fayetteville and the trip to Omaha in the final segment.

NC State took down the No. 1 team in the country, taking two wins over Arkansas in Fayetteville to advance to the College World Series for the third time in program history. Cory and James were joined this week by Carlos Rodon and Andrew Ciencin to discuss the last trip to Omaha and what this year's berth means for the program.

We break down everything from Rodón's start to the season, how this CWS trip shapes Elliott Avent's legacy, what to expect in Omaha and Ciencin's good luck charm. The guys also give their thoughts on on a hot-button topic -- why the Pack9 deserves a new stadium.

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NC State swept the Ruston Regionals over the weekend, going 3-0 to advance to the Fayetteville Super Regionals. Alec and Andrew discuss the huge weekend for the Pack9 that led to the first Supers berth since the 2013 season in Arkansas.

In the second half of the show, Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball joins Alec at the 32:35 mark to break down the strong start for the Pack, why Arkansas is considered the No. 1 team in the country and State's chances at advancing to the College World Series.