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.

The journey for Brennan Armstrong to NC State has been eventful, to say the very least. After a record-setting year in 2021 and a frustrating 2022 campaign, Armstrong arrived in Raleigh for a chance to reunite with OC Robert Anae for one final ride in his sixth season.

Just days away from his third trip to ACC Kickoff and just over one week away from the start of fall camp, Armstrong sat down with Pack Pride for a 1-on-1 interview. We discuss his connection with Anae, how he's dealt with criticism this offseason, what Bradley Rozner's addition means for the offense, working with NC State's NIL Collectives and much more.

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NC State's home opener for the 2023 campaign is one of the biggest in recent memory. Not only will the Wolfpack kick off the home slate at Carter-Finley Stadium against a high-profile program in Notre Dame, but it will also be nationally broadcast on ABC in the noon slot on Sept. 9.

So what should Wolfpack fans expect from the Fighting Irish this season? Tim O'Malley of Irish Illustrated joins Cory Smith to discuss expectations for the program, players to know at every position, the strengths and weaknesses on each side of the ball and much more!

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NC State's season is still over one month away, but the season opener is an interesting one for Wolfpack fans. The Pack goes on the road to take on a UConn program that was turned around drastically in Year 1 under Jim Mora Jr. and looking to make a statement in the season opener.

Cory Smith is joined on the premiere episode of the preview podcasts by Mike Anthony of the Connecticut Post to discuss the Huskies. Anthony dives into the key names to know for UConn, the quarterback situation in Storrs, why this game is so important for the Huskies and much more.

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Exactly two months ago, Michael O'Connell officially entered the transfer portal after three years with Stanford. Just over one month ago, he committed and signed with NC State to become a part of the Wolfpack for his final two seasons at the collegiate level.

The journey that's gotten him to this point has been a long and arduous one. After signing with Maryland to play lacrosse -- where his brother won a national championship -- O'Connell opted to go the basketball route due to sitting out during the COVID pandemic and landed his only Power 5 offer from the Cardinal.

O'Connell went on to start three straight years at point guard for Stanford and average 6.3 points, 3.2 assists and shoot 40 percent from the field. He was also able to graduate from one of the most prestigious universities in the country in that short span of time. 

Just days before he arrives on campus with the Wolfpack, O'Connell sat down with Pack Pride to discuss his journey to Raleigh and why he chose the Wolfpack. He also breaks down his fit in Kevin Keatts' system, his relationship with Joel Justus, expectations for his time with NC State and much more!

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Ahead of one of the most PACKed weekends of official visitors in recent memory for NC State, Cory Smith and Michael Clark give a complete breakdown of all the upcoming OVs. With 12 players expected on campus, there's no shortage of pressure on the Pack's staff to land some commits given the last few weeks for the program.

How important will commits like Cedrick Bailey and Brody Barnhardt being on campus be for the Pack? Can State close some ground on four-star receivers like Jonathan Paylor, Alex Taylor and keep pace with others for Terrell Anderson? We break all of that down along with a look at the targets in the trenches and four-star safety Ronnie Royal III coming to Raleigh.

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With the summer months rolling in, NC State's athletics season is coming to a close as the spring sports seasons wrap up. So before we take a planned break for the next six weeks, James and Cory take a look back on an eventful recruiting weekend for NC State, recapping the season as a whole and much more!

The guys discuss the commitment of NC A&T transfer Kam Woods, their favorite moments from the 2022-23 season and whether it's time to panic about the Wolfpack in football recruiting. Get all of that and more on the season finale episode of the Pack Pride Weekly Podcast live from Amedeo's!

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Cory Smith and James Curle take a look back at the Wolfpack's baseball season after the exit from the Columbia Regional. Can NC State retain its special young core and build in the transfer portal to go deeper in the NCAA Tournament next year?

We'll also take a look back at the first weekend of official visits with a recap of Jaeden Mustaf's official, the first Dave Doeren summer camp and a preview of the three official visits this coming weekend.

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After a strong close to the season in the final two weeks, NC State baseball landed as the No. 3 seed in the Columbia Regional. The Wolfpack is starting the NCAA Tournament with a matchup against No. 2 Campbell for a chance to face No. 1 South Carolina.

Alec Sawyer and Andrew Ciencin discuss the close to the season for the Pack9, the Wolfpack's draw in the NCAA Tournament and much more! Cory Smith is joined by D1Baseball Co-Editor Aaron Fitt in the second segment to talk about NC State's season overall, matchup with Campbell, chances in the Columbia Regional and more.

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Cory and James discuss the Wolfpack making the Columbia Regional, matchups for NC State and the overall draw as State looks to make a run in the postseason.

The guys will also discuss the last week for NC State, including the FPI projections, Diana Shnaider’s hot start in the French Open and more!

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Last week included the public formation of the "Magnificent 7" and some serious consternation over the future of the ACC on Amelia Island. Brandon Marcello was in attendance for 247Sports and will breakdown the latest on the ACC, where the Wolfpack stands and more on the Pack Pride Podcast.

In the second segment, Alec Sawyer and Andrew Ciencin -- the hosts of Sawyer & Ciencin -- will jump on to discuss the Pack9's finish to the season. The guys will also talk about the ACC awards, making the ACC Tournament, what NC State needs to do to advance to the weekend and the postseason hopes for the Pack!

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It was not a good weekend for the Pack9. After canceling its final non-conference game during the week, NC State was stifled by UNC-Chapel Hill and dropped three straight to clinch a losing record for the second straight year. Now State heads into the final series at home against Pittsburgh needing either two wins or some help from outside to simply make the ACC Tournament.

Alec Sawyer and Andrew Ciencin take a look back on the Wolfpack's frustrating sweep in Chapel Hill, the upcoming matchup against Pitt and what needs to happen for the Pack9 to make it to the ACC and NCAA Tournaments. Listen or watch the full podcast below.

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It's been yet another eventful week for NC State -- some great, some good, some very bad -- so we're here to talk about it! This week, Cory and James are joined by Eric Bossi, the National Basketball Director of 247Sports, to break down the entire portal haul for NC State after landing Stanford transfer Michael O'Connell.

In the second segment, the guys will discuss the latest in the ACC grant-of-rights talks, the "Magnificent 7" and where things stand before the ACC spring meetings. We'll also break down everything that happened in NC State Athletics, including more ACC titles, an Elite 8 berth and a Pack9 team on the mend.

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The projected win total for NC State during the 2023 season is out -- and it's surprisingly low. Can the Wolfpack exceed the 6.5-win over/under from Vegas or will this upcoming season result in barely making a bowl game?

Pack Pride Editor Cory Smith and football analyst Michael Clark give their thoughts on the win total projections, the biggest impact freshmen and transfers and much more in the latest podcast!

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Coming off a series win over Notre Dame, NC State heads into Chapel Hill with high stakes against UNC. Alec Sawyer and Andrew Ciencin look back at the Notre Dame series win and what comes next against the Tar Heels.

What does the Pack9 need in the final two ACC series to put itself in good position for the ACC and NCAA Tournament? The guys break it all down on this episode of the podcast!

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Cory Smith and James Curle are joined by The OG Podcast co-host Joe Giglio! He discusses the last few weeks, starting a new podcast and plenty about NC State!

The guys will also discuss the Pack9’s dominant finish in South Bend, the outlook for football and basketball next season and more! Listen to the full podcast below or watch it on YouTube!

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