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

Following an outbreak within NC State Athletics, the program put a pause on all activities and delayed the football season opener. Cory and James return to Amedeo's for the first time to discuss everything in the last week for the Pack.

What led to the stoppage for NC State and moving the Virginia Tech game? How does this affect the season? Just how good has Trea Turner been in the last two weeks? What does the addition of Nikki West add to the WBB program?

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We're less than one month away NC State's 2020 football season kicking off on Sept. 12. With the Wolfpack set for its first scrimmage on Saturday, Michael and Cory will take a look at every position leading up to the matchup with Virginia Tech.

What will the starting wide receiver corps look like? Which wideouts need to step up the most? Will the tight ends be a strength of the offense this season? How does the depth of the offensive line look midway through fall camp?

While the main topic of discussion for college sports has been on the fall season, Kevin Keatts and NC State men's basketball have returned to the court as well. Keatts joins Cory and James on this week's podcast to discuss the offseason and look forward to his fourth year with the Pack.

What does Keatts think about his current roster? How are the freshmen performing this offseason? Is Keatts a proponent of the "NCAA Bubble" idea? What has Mike Summey brought to the program?

Keatts' interview begins at the 21:24 mark, but make sure to listen to James and Cory discuss the first day in full pads for NC State football and basketball recruiting in the opening portion!

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We're less than one month away NC State's 2020 football season kicking off on Sept. 12. With the Wolfpack recently starting fall camp, Michael and Cory will take a look at every position leading up to the matchup with Virginia Tech.

What needs to happen for Devin Leary to take the next step? Who are the contenders for the backup QB spot? Is running back the best position group on the roster? How will Tim Beck's offense impact both positions?

There may be some uncertainty when it comes to college sports, but that's never stopped us from putting out quality podcasts. This week, James and Cory are joined by a Wolfpack legend Scott Wood, who discussed a wide range of topics on this week's Pack Pride Weekly Podcast.

Just how many times was the "Corner" play successful? Did he see T.J. Warren having this much success in the NBA bubble? What are his thoughts on college football seasons being cancelled?

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NC State landed its fifth four-star prospect in either the 247Sports rankings or 247Sports Composite rankings on Saturday afternoon with Oakboro (N.C.) West Stanly LB Jordan Poole committing to the Pack.

Michael Clark and Cory Smith take a look at what his commitment means for State, why he picked the Pack, how he fits into the system and who's next for State's 2021 class on the Pack Pride Podcast!


It's been a busy week for the Wolfpack, whether it was fall camp starting for football, D.J. Funderburk returning, T.J. Warren bursting the NBA's bubble or some big baseball news. James and Cory cover it all in this week's podcast!

What does Funderburk's return mean for the 2020-21 roster and young players? How seriously is NC State taking health precautions during fall camp? What has led to Warren's emergence?

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With just over one month until the start of the regular season, NC State finally knows who it will be facing in 2020. Following the release of the Wolfpack's 2020 schedule, Michael and Cory take a look at the slate an offer an in-depth breakdown of every game and more on the Pack Pride Podcast.

How difficult will the opening stretch of four games on the road in the first seven weeks be for the Pack? What's the toughest three-week stretch for the Pack? Can State close out strong to clinch a seven- or eight-win season this fall?


The 2020 football season is just over one month away, but NC State is still not sure who to prepare for in its season opener. Following the ACC shifting the schedule to conference-only with a plus-one model, Michael and Cory break down the matchups and offer their thoughts on the changes.

Did NC State's schedule get easier or tougher? What are the best new matchups on the 2020 schedule? Will fans be allowed in the stadium? Will there even be a season after these drastic changes?

This sports season has been a trying one for athletes all over the country, but none more so than Olympic athletes. Former NC State National Champion Nick Gwiazdowski joins the Pack Pride Podcast to discuss how he's preparing for the postponed Summer Games and the current state of the Wolfpack wrestling program.

Following Gwiazdowski's interview, Cory and James dissect the new matchups for NC State football after the ACC's release on Wednesday. We also take a look at what it means for the ACC-SEC showdowns, adding Notre Dame to the ACC and much more! 

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With NC State basketball returning to the court last week and another huge AAU tournament in Rock Hill, S.C. over the weekend, Cory and Miles take a look at some of the biggest storylines surrounding the Pack.

How much has Terquavion Smith improved this offseason? Where does the Pack stand with De'Ante Green? What would the return of D.J. Funderburk mean for State in 2020-21? What are the expectations for the Pack's point guard spot?


With the football season ramping up toward a September kickoff, the News & Observer has hired a new NC State beat writer in Jonas Pope. The newest member of the Wolfpack media joined the Pack Pride Podcast to discuss his new role with Cory and James.

What led to Pope accepting the position? Will NC State remain undefeated in basketball in games he attends? How much pride does Pope take in being an HBCU graduate in this position?

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Thanks to a two-month stretch that saw NC State add 12 of its 15 commits in the 2021 class, the Wolfpack is back on track in recruiting. Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports Director of Recruiting, joined the podcast to discuss the Pack's current haul, how COVID-19 limited the program's success and how wild this fall will be for recruiting.

Cory and James Curle also discuss various topics including conference-only scheduling, NC State's return to practice, Terquavion Smith's huge weekend and much more at the top of the show!

Following the hiring of Ruffin McNeill in a Special Assistant to the Head Coach role, Cory and James were joined by two people who know him best -- his high school coach Finley Read and Fayetteville Observer beat writer Sammy Batten.

What makes McNeill such a beloved coach? How will he bring change in a limited role with the Wolfpack? Can he make an impact in recruiting despite not being able to travel?

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Despite already filling all of its vacancies for the 2020 football season, NC State was still looking for one more leader on the staff. On Tuesday morning, the Wolfpack officially announced the hiring of former ECU head coach and Oklahoma assistant Ruffin McNeill.

What does the hire mean for the Pack? How expansive will his role be in Raleigh? In what ways can McNeill help in recruiting and advising the staff and players?