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 wrestling is rolling yet again with 21 straight dual wins heading into this Friday's matchup with UNC-Chapel Hill. Wolfpack wrestling head coach Pat Popolizio joins us to talk about his team, the importance of the start in ACC duals, facing UNC and much more!

James and Cory also break down the returns for NC State men's and women's basketball along with their thoughts on Philip Rivers' retirement in the final segment.

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After a 10-day break from the court, NC State fought hard on the road in Chapel Hill before coming up short in an 86-76 loss. Miles and Cory take a look back on the fourth straight ACC loss and look forward to Wednesday against Wake Forest at home.

Why is NC State still struggling on the defensive end? What led to UNC dominating the boards? Where is the Pack lacking when it comes to scoring threats? Can State turn things around this week at home against Wake?


With NC State set to start spring camp in less than two months, the Wolfpack filled yet another scholarship with Derrek Pitts. The Wolfpack also lost an assistant coach in George McDonald to Illinois, his alma mater.

Cory Smith and Michael Clark take a look at the latest moves, what comes next for the Pack in the transfer portal, some of the names on the WR Coach hot board and more on the latest podcast!


With NC State men's and women's basketball currently on pause, there's still plenty to talk about when it comes to the Wolfpack. Hoops legend Scott Wood joins Cory and James to discuss his new podcast and where the Wolfpack stands after 10 games.

We break down the rough game at FSU, recent issues for the program as a whole and how they can finish strong. We also take a look back at the win for NC State wrestling and when the women's program will resume play.

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Well, that was certainly something. There was a game played in Tallahassee Wednesday night, but NC State wasn't much of a participant in the 105-73 loss, which was the third straight for the Pack in ACC play.

Miles and Cory take a look back on the loss, including the Pack's suspect defense without Manny Bates, Thomas Allen's continued success shooting, how FSU dominated every area offensively and why Saturday is now a must-win scenario.


Despite the Wolfpack coming off two straight losses in ACC play, James and Cory were committed to having a very nice dialogue this week for Episode 69. Joining us this week was ACC Network host and broadcaster Wes Durham!

The "Packer & Durham" co-host discusses the Wolfpack's football and basketball seasons, the ACC as a whole, his roots in Apex, N.C., what comes next for the ACC Network and much more! In the last segment, James and Cory also take a look back on the Pack's tough week before facing FSU on Wednesday.

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NC State got great news last Thursday, then the good vibes kept going on Friday and Sunday with three key players returning. The Wolfpack found out that Emeka Emezie, Payton Wilson and Daniel Joseph would all be back in the fold next year, locking up three critical pieces to this year's massive turnaround.

Cory and Michael take a look at what each player means to their specific position group, to their side of the ball and what each signifies to the program as a whole. We also break down the outlook for the program heading into 2021 with so many players back from injury, returning for another season and much more!


With a chance to remain above .500 in ACC play heading into a difficult stretch, NC State let a game against Miami slip away Saturday afternoon. Miles and Cory take a look back on the loss and what it means for the Pack's resume.

What happened to the Pack's veteran and freshmen guards? What led to State's lowest point total in nearly a year? How big of a positive was Thomas Allen's breakout performance? What does this loss mean heading into a critical four-game stretch?


Despite leading for more than 35 minutes on Tuesday night, the Wolfpack squandered an opportunity to take early control of the ACC in a 74-70 loss at No. 19 Clemson. Cory and Miles offer their thoughts on the loss and what lies ahead for the Pack.

Did the Wolfpack miss the steady hand of Braxton Beverly down the stretch? How impactful has D.J. Funderburk been since his return? What happened to Devon Daniels late in the game? Just how good are these teams capable of finishing the season?


Following a loss in the 2021 Gator Bowl, James and Cory look back on the Wolfpack football season as a whole and what led to the ugly loss in Jacksonville. They also give an in-depth breakdown of what to expect next year.

In the second session, James and Cory discuss the latest wins for both Pack basketball programs, which are now a combined 16-1 overall and 6-0 in ACC play. What should NC State fans expect when MBB travels to Clemson and will Manny Bates be active?

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It wasn't the way the Wolfpack wanted to end the season, but the 23-21 loss still showed the fight NC State has had all year long. Michael and Cory break down the loss, individual performances and what the Gator Bowl means for next season.

How critical were the mistakes in the loss? What happened to the running game? Which players stepped up in a big way? How good can this program be next fall?

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For the second time in three years, NC State will travel down to Jacksonville, Fla. to take on an SEC foe in the Gator Bowl. Derek Terry of Cats Pause joins us to discuss what Wolfpack fans should expect from the Kentucky Wildcats.

How has Mark Stoops found recent success in bowl games? What makes the Wildcats' ground game so potent? Why did UK finish with a losing record in 2020? Who are the defensive stars to know? Get all that and a prediction before the Gator Bowl in the Pregame Podcast!

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NC State closed out its wild, strange and successful year of 2020 with yet another win in ACC play. The Wolfpack moved to 2-0 in conference play with a 79-76 win over Boston College before ringing in the New Year.

Cory and Miles take a look at the impact of D.J. Funderburk's return, Jericole Hellems' play on both ends of the floor, Shakeel Moore's energy down the stretch, Devon Daniels' recovery and clutch play at the end of the game and much more!

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With the year of 2020 wrapping up -- finally(!!!) -- James and Cory take a look back on the recent UNC win, women's basketball moving up in the AP rankings and preview the Gator Bowl before reflecting on the memorable year for Wolfpack sports.

Though 2020 was a tough year for the nation as a whole, NC State enjoyed a ton of success on the court and on the field. James and Cory give their thoughts on the Top 10 wins, the biggest moments for the Pack and much more!

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NC State wrapped up its Early Signing Period of the 2021 recruiting class and came away with 20 new signees. Of the early signees, the Pack added three receivers, including Julian Gray, who is one of the best in the country at the position.

The dynamic playmaker out of Huntersville (N.C.) Hopewell joined Cory and Michael to discuss signing with the Pack, early goals for his college career, relationship with the coaching staff, why he chose to stay in-state and much more on the Pack21 Podcast.

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