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 has already wrapped up its Early Signing Period of the 2021 recruiting class and came away with 19 new signees. One of the most talked about recruits in every class is the quarterback -- and the Wolfpack got a special one in Aaron McLaughlin.

The 6-foot-5, 219-pound signal-caller joined Cory and Michael to discuss signing with the Pack, living up to expectations, relationship with the coaching staff, his goals as an early enrollee and much more on the Pack21 Podcast.

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Early National Signing Day is coming this week, and NC State is expected to sign a Top 30 class, according to the 247Sports rankings. With a big focus on recruiting, James and Cory are joined by 247Sports Director of Scouting Barton Simmons to break down the Wolfpack's class.

Who is Barton higher on than other recruiting services? How important is the transfer portal this season? Is there any need to panic compared to other in-state programs? How does one prepare for an 8-hour live show on CBS Sports Network?

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NC State wrapped up its 2020 football season with an 8-3 record and seven ACC wins for the first time in program history. Former Wolfpack receiver Kelvin Harmon joined the Pack Pride Podcast to discuss the season, his rehab from injury and the Washington Football Team.

James and Cory also break down their thoughts on Dave Doeren for ACC Coach of the Year, the Pack women's basketball team downing No. 1 South Carolina and the why the men's basketball program canceled two games.

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NC State moved to 8-3 (7-3 ACC) on the year with a 23-13 win over Georgia Tech to win a fourth straight game to close out the regular season. Cory and Michael look back on the win, including a breakdown of the passing game, Chris Dunn's historic night and the stingy scoring defense.

What does Saturday's win mean for the program with bowl season coming up? How important were the linebackers yet again against GT? Is this a sign of what's to come for the Wolfpack next season?


Thursday was a great day for NC State basketball all the way around. It got started with the Wolfpack men's team cruising to an easy win over UMass-Lowell in Bubbleville before the No. 8 NC State women's program toppled No. 1 South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

Kevin Keatts said it best on Thursday night: It was a Double Scoop for NC State.

Following the pair of victories, Cory and Miles take a look at what the wins mean for each program, how the Pack WBB was able to overcome the loss of Jada Boyd and the continued progress of the State MBB guards through three games.


The regular-season finale for NC State is finally here, and it's another opportunity at a revenge game from last season. With the Wolfpack hosting Georgia Tech this Saturday on Senior Day, Rod MacKenzie of GoJackets on the 247Sports network joined us to break down the Yellow Jackets.

What has Geoff Collins done this season to further implement his system in Year 2? How has the progress of Jeff Sims helped the offense grow? Will Jahmyr Gibbs be available this Saturday? Which young players have stepped up on defense? Who does MacKenzie believe will take the W?


With NC State's basketball game canceled on Monday, the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast recorded at its usual time. This week, Cory and James were joined by Wolfpack legend Dereck Whittenburg to discuss State basketball, football and more!

Topics this week included NC State's start to the 2020-21 basketball season, the Wolfpack's win in Syracuse, the busy week ahead in basketball and football and Whittenburg gives his thoughts on the program.

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NC State found yet another unique way to win, pulling out a second-half comeback for a 36-29 win over Syracuse. Cory and Michael take a look back at the victory in the Carrier Dome and hand out their game balls.

They give their thoughts on Bailey Hockman's huge second half, Thayer Thomas' career afternoon and the Pack's strong defensive outing for a second straight week.


NC State wrapped up its MTE at Reynolds Coliseum with another lopsided victory over North Florida Friday evening. Cory and Miles take a look back at the win and some key takeaways for the Pack moving forward.

Is this the Manny Bates we should expect this season? What was the difference for Jericole Hellems vs. UNF? How good have Braxton Beverly and Cam Hayes been at the point through the first two games?

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It may be Thanksgiving Day, but the Postgame Podcast never stops! Miles and Cory take a look back at the Pack's 95-61 win over Charleston Southern to open the season and what they took away from the game.

Just how productive can Devon Daniels be in the hybrid 3 role? What were their thoughts on Braxton Beverly starting at point guard? How impressive were the freshmen in their debuts? Get all the reaction here!


We're finally entering the most entertaining -- and hectic -- time of the year for NC State Athletics. Not only is the Wolfpack nearly wrapping up a great football season with a trip to Syracuse this Saturday, but basketball also tips off on Wednesday.

With all that on the docket, Cory is flying solo this week, but was joined by Stephen Bailey of CuseNation and our own Miles Masercola to discuss the basketball season. It's a jam-packed podcast you don't want to miss!


It wasn't a pretty game, but it was a win for NC State. And when you're talking about facing a previously undefeated Liberty team that had knocked off two ACC opponents this season, a 15-14 victory to move to 6-3 on the season sounds pretty sweet.

Following the win, Cory and Michael take a look back at the defense's standout performance, Levi Jones' blocked field goal, Zonovan Knight's huge night, the play of Bailey Hockman and also hand out game balls for the Pack.


This Saturday, NC State will host No. 21 Liberty in its lone non-conference matchup of the season at Carter-Finley Stadium. While the Flames have put themselves on the map in the college football world, we had Emily Austen of Flame Central TV join us to break down Liberty's special season.

How has Hugh Freeze completely overhauled the Liberty program? What makes Malik Willis such a dynamic quarterback? Which defensive players will NC State fans need to know? Get all that and more on this week's Pregame Podcast!


NC State football is coming off a convincing win over Florida State and has three games left, but the Wolfpack basketball program is tipping off in just over one week. With that in mind, assistant coach James Johnson joined the podcast to discuss the Pack's upcoming hoops season.

Just how versatile is this year's roster? How have Cam Hayes and Shakeel Moore progressed at the point? What are JJ's thoughts on the 2021 signing class? James and Cory wrap up the podcast with a discussion about the FSU win and the upcoming Liberty matchup.

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Needing a win to right the ship, NC State got a convincing one over Florida State by a final of 38-22 at home. Cory and Michael take an immediate look back on the win and what it means for the rest of the year.

How stellar has Bailey Hockman's play been the last two weeks? What does Thayer Thomas' emergence mean for State's offense? Can this defense hold up against Malik Willis and Liberty? We discuss all that and hand out our game balls following the win over the Seminoles.