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.

With the holidays quickly approaching, James and Cory were joined this week by local NC State star James Smith-Williams. Just weeks after finishing his Wolfpack career, he reflects on his time in Raleigh and looks ahead to his bright future.

The interview with Smith-Williams starts at the 4:30 mark and takes at a look at his impact on and off the field, dealing with injuries and how he's training for a shot at the NFL. James and Cory also discuss the week for NC State basketball starting at the 35:00 mark.

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NC State fought hard against the No. 12 Auburn Tigers on Thursday night, but ultimately made too many mistakes down the stretch in a 79-73 loss on the road. Miles Masercola joins Cory Smith on the Postgame Podcast to take a look back at the second loss to a ranked opponent on the year.

Was Markell Johnson's great play on offense overshadowed by turnovers, fouls and poor free-throw shooting? Is C.J. Bryce the most consistent player on the roster? What can the Pack take away from the loss into ACC play?

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NC State locked down 17 new football signees for the 2020 class on the 2019 Early Signing Day. The Wolfpack got multiple big-name targets on both sides of the ball, but also missed out on some of the highest-ranked targets it was aiming to sign.

Michael and Cory take an in-depth look at several topics surrounding the 2020 class, including the impact of Ben Finley and Porter Rooks, rise of Davin Vann and what position groups the Wolfpack must target ahead of National Signing Day in February.

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With a range of topics to discuss, News & Observer writer Joe Giglio joins the Pack Pride Podcast to dive into the latest on both basketball and football. James Curle and Cory Smith take a look back at NC State's response to the Notice of Allegations from the NCAA, win over UNCG and the offseason for football.

Why did NC State opt to self-impose penalties in the response to the NCAA? How critical was Sunday's win over UNCG for the Wolfpack? What should State fans expect with the coaching staff before spring camp arrives?

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NC State needed a last-second heave from Markell Johnson to down UNC-Greensboro, but came away with a quality win nonetheless. Cory and Miles take a look back on the win and what it means for the season.

How crucial was that half-court shot by Johnson for the Pack's resume? What areas of improvement were glaring for State on Sunday? How much did the guard play carry the team against UNCG?

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Coming off two straight wins over Wisconsin and Wake Forest, NC State had more than one week off from action for exams. On Sunday, the Wolfpack will resume the regular season with a road matchup against UNC-Greensboro, a program that knocked off the Pack in Kevin Keatts' first year in Raleigh.

Jeff Mills of the Greensboro News-Record joins the pregame podcast to discuss the coaching job Wes Miller has done with UNCG, emergence of Isaiah Miller, loss of Kaleb Hunter and the defensive style that the Spartans run.

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This week's Pack Pride Podcast was an extremely busy one. With a football coaching hire, two big wins for men's basketball, a massive home victory for women's basketball, new commits and transfers for football and the release of the response to the Notice of Allegations, this week was packed with information!

James and Cory discuss all of the topics, hand out their three stars and offer a breakdown of the NOA response from NC State. Joe Giglio, who was initially scheduled to be on the podcast, will join the show next week!

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NC State jumped out to a big lead against Wake Forest and finished off a 91-82 win Saturday in its first road game of the year. Cory Smith and Miles Masercola take a look back at the dominant win in Winston-Salem.

What has changed offensively for the Pack since the loss to Memphis? How much would the lineup change if Jericole Hellems misses time? What is State up against in a week against UNCG?

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Needing a win at home to get back on track before a three-game road trip, NC State handled Wisconsin with ease in a 69-54 win. Cory and Miles take a look back on the win along with what it could mean for the month of December.

Is Jericole Hellems the most improved player on both sides of the ball for the Wolfpack? Was this the most complete game the Pack has played thus far? How crucial are the first three road games before ACC play?

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With the football season concluding on Saturday, it's time to look back on the year and look ahead to both men's and women's basketball. There was no more perfect guest than Ernie Myers to discuss all three topics!

Was the Dave Huxtable firing a sign of things to come this offseason? Will NC State men's basketball rebound with a win over Wisconsin Wednesday? Can the Pack women remain undefeated against No. 9 Maryland?

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NC State dropped it sixth straight game of the 2019 with a lopsided 41-10 loss to North Carolina at home to close out the season. Following the loss, Cory and Michael break down the game and take a look ahead at a pivotal offseason for the Wolfpack -- which starts this week.

What happened in the third quarter that led to another huge loss? Where does the Pack go at quarterback this offseason? What are the biggest areas where State needs to improve this offseason?

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NC State heads into its final game against UNC with no chance of landing in a bowl game for the first time in six years. The Wolfpack's lone hope of salvaging the season is by knocking off a Tar Heels team looking to earn bowl eligibility on Saturday in Carter-Finley Stadium.

Brant Wilkerson-New of Sports Illustrated's Heels Maven joins the podcast to discuss UNC, including whether or not Mack is truly "back," Sam Howell's freshman season and the Tar Heels' struggling secondary.

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Following a five-game winning streak after a season-opening loss, NC State travels to Brooklyn, N.Y. to take on Memphis in the Barclays Center Classic. Ahead of the huge non-conference test for both opponents, Christian Fowler of GoTigers247 joins the Pregame Podcast to discuss the Tigers.

How is Year 2 under Penny Hardaway different from his first season? What changes have the Tigers made since the suspension of James Wiseman and injury to Lester Quinones? How much does Memphis emphasize the uptempo, pressing style under Hardaway?

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Win or lose this week, NC State's football season will officially come to an end after playing UNC-Chapel Hill at home. But with a win, the Wolfpack would eliminate the Tar Heels from bowl eligibility to keep both teams in the Triangle this December.

Cory and James ride solo this week without a guest to give a full breakdown of the loss to Georgia Tech and the final game for the Pack. They also take a look at the upcoming Thanksgiving Day matchup for NC State basketball against No. 16 Memphis.

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NC State lost a fifth straight game on the season and dropped to 0-5 on the road with a baffling loss to Georgia Tech. Michael Clark and Cory Smith take a look back on the loss on the Postgame Podcast.

How crippling was the first half for the team to fight back from in Atlanta? What were the signs of progress in the second half despite coming up short? What is the mindset for NC State with one game remaining and no bowl hopes?

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