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.

Earlier this week, Merci Falaise was officially promoted to NC State's Director of Player Personnel, taking over for Billy Glasscock, who was hired for the same role at Texas. Falaise joined Michael and Cory on the Pack22 Podcast to discuss his new role.

How does being a former player help him as a leader in recruiting? What has he learned from the last four years in recruiting? Who has been his biggest influence when it comes to his relentless work ethic? What does he look for in recruits?


With the NC State women's and men's basketball seasons now coming to a close, Wolfpack legend Ernie Meyers joined James and Cory to breakdown the seasons, look forward to next year and discuss young black athletes using their platforms for change.

In the final segment, the guys also analyze Dave Doeren's new contract, the recruiting staff's revamp, Russell Wilson returning to Raleigh and the importance of this week for NC State baseball.

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NC State landed its first commit of the 2022 class in Rylan Vann earlier this week. Michael and Cory break down the newest addition to the Wolfpack, along with what his commitment means for the 2022 cycle.

We also take a look at what comes next with the live period approaching, provide analysis on Michael's first mock class and discuss why Doeren's new contract was so important for recruiting.


On this week's episode of the Sawyer & Ciencin Podcast, Alec and Andrew are joined by former NC State All-American Dallas Poulk. He details his time with the Wolfpack, shares stories of Elliott Avent and gives his thoughts on the current Pack 9 squad.

Alec and Andrew also take a look at the Wolfpack's sweep at Boston College along with the upcoming series against No. 7 Notre Dame. They also take a look at the Pack Pros -- shot prior to Carlos Rodón's no-hitter.


With the NC State basketball season coming to an end and the offseason in full swing, Scott Wood joins James and Cory to discuss his thoughts on the season. He also talks about Team Wolf Blood ahead of The Basketball Tournament -- and some surprise players who could be added.

Before the interview with Scott, the guys also break down the 2021 Spring Game, transfers for both basketball programs, NC State baseball's sweep at Boston College and much more!

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The NC State women's basketball program has been one of the best in the country for the last several years. Last week, the rich got even richer with two former 5-star guards in Madison Hayes and Diamond Johnson joining the program -- along with three senior starters returning.

Alec Sawyer and Cory Smith break down the roster moves, expectations for next season and how lineups might look once the season gets underway.


NC State completed its spring camp on Saturday afternoon with the first Spring Game in two years, with the Red team coming away with a 37-17 win over the White team. Michael and Cory take a look back on the performances on both sides of the ball in the showcase game.

How did Devin Leary perform in his first live action since October? Who were the standouts on offense and defense? Which young players made a name for themselves?


The start of the regular season is still months away, but NC State fans will get their first taste of the 2021 football season on Saturday. With the Spring Game just over 24 hours away, Cory and Michael preview what Wolfpack Nation should expect when the game kicks off.

What should Pack fans expect from Devin Leary? Who will emerge between Ben Finley and Aaron McLaughlin? Who are the offensive and defensive players to watch? We break it all down in the Pack Pride Podcast.


NC State salvaged one win in the series over the weekend against Clemson, but routed Appalachian State to earn win No. 900 for Elliott Avent. Alec and Andrew recap the week for the Pack9, look back on Avent's big win and look ahead to the BC series this weekend.

The guys also hand out their midseason awards, take a look at players who need to step up down the stretch and more in the final segment of the show.


Over the last several years, the Icepack hockey team has emerged as one of the best club hockey programs in the ACCHL and the entire country. First-year head coach Tim Healy joins James and Cory to discuss the team's season, winning a third straight ACC title, support from the Wolfpack and heading to Nationals.

We also break down offseason news for men's and women's basketball, the NC State spring game and more in the final segment.

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On this week's episode, former NC State shortstop and first-round pick Will Wilson joins the show to break down his spring camp, teaming up with several former Pack9 teammates with the Giants and much more!

NC State clinched its first ACC series win of the season in dominant fashion, sweeping UNC-Chapel Hill on the road along with two more wins over UNCW and UNCG in the last week. Alec and Andrew recap the entire week and what it means heading into the Clemson series -- and preview the MLB season for several Pack Pros.


NC State wrapped up the 2020-21 seasons for both men's and women's basketball in the last week with losses in the postseason. Cory and James take a look back on the losses, the seasons as a whole for both programs and what comes next this offseason and next year for each.

We also look forward to the spring game in less than two weeks, give an update on spring camp to this point and wrap things up with discussion about NC State's huge series in Chapel Hill and why Pack 9 fans shouldn't lose faith just yet.

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Despite several opportunities to get back into the game late, NC State was unable to take down Colorado State in a 65-61 loss in the NIT quarterfinals. Cory and Miles take a look back on the loss to the Rams, including a look ahead to the offseason.

What happened on the final possession for the Pack? How much did the struggles of the freshmen contribute to the loss? What will be D.J. Funderburk's lasting legacy with State? Will there be change ahead to the roster and what comes next for the program?


When Andrew Knizner came to NC State, he had never played catcher a day in his life. Now a backup to Yadier Molina for the Cardinals on the Opening Day roster, Knizner joined Alec and Andrew to detail his spring training, catching at NC State, learning from Molina and much more!

NC State baseball finally got back on track this week with a win over UNCW, but has its hands full this weekend. The guys preview the upcoming series in Chapel Hill to close out the show.


Coming off a wild week for NC State Athletics that included multiple postseason victories, James and Cory are joined by a coach that collected the most hardware -- Braden Holloway. The swimming & diving head coach breaks down the record-setting weekend for the women's program and looks forward to the men's championships this week.

Cory and James also recap the Pack's wins in the NCAA Tournament for WBB, victory in the NIT for MBB -- and preview the week ahead for both -- along with a look back on wrestling's sixth-place finish in the NCAA Championships.

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