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How the Heck Does the Transfer Portal Work?



If you’re an NC State fan, you’ve seen 10 Wolfpack players already declare they will be entering the Transfer Portal. You might be freaking out, wondering why no players are announcing they are coming here yet, when people have already said they are leaving. Well, there’s good reason for that, so take a breath, and let’s try to understand the insanity of the Transfer Portal.

For starters, every player can transfer from a 4-year college to another 4-year college one time without having to sitting out a season. After a player graduates, they can transfer as many times as they want, and have immediate eligibility. There are other exceptions where a player could transfer to a 4-year college more than once, but I’m not going to dive into all of that here.

There are two windows in which players can officially enter the Portal. There is a 30 day window, beginning on December 4th, and ending on January 2nd, and there is another one in the Spring from May 1-15. The window for entering the Portal shrank by 15 days this year, through a new revision to the rules this Fall. The 30-day window in the Fall used to be 45-days, but was reduced by 15 days. The Total amount of days between the two windows was 60 days in total, and now it is 45.

Even though you are seeing players “enter” the Transfer Portal, they technically won’t “enter” the Portal until this upcoming Sunday. What they are doing is announcing that they will be entering.

Let me make 2 quick caveats to what I just said. If a player deciding to transfer is a graduate student, they have the ability to enter the Transfer Portal immediately, and don’t have to wait until December 4th. The same is true for a player whose coach was fired or left the program.

Technically speaking, schools are not allowed to reach out to prospective schools, and vice versa, until December 4th, but lets not pretend all kind of shenanigans are taking place. Graduate students, and players whose coaches were fired or left, do have an advantage, being able to enter before the 4th, because they can go ahead and start talking with schools. That’s how Texas A&M Quarterback Max Johnson already committed to UNC.

Currently, NC State has 10 players that have declared they are entering the Transfer Portal, which is the most of any team in the ACC at this point. Last year, the Wolfpack had a total of 12 players enter the Portal, which was one of the lowest in the ACC. I do expect to see more players transfer out of NC State this year, compared to last year, because there are changes in NLI at NC State this year. From my understanding, there was a commitment that every player on scholarship would receive/earn a minimum of $25k last year. I don’t believe that policy is in place anymore, which could lead to more turnover, but also lead to having a bigger pot to try to catch bigger fish in the Portal.

A word of advice to NC State fans. Don’t start freaking out. The Portal hasn’t even opened yet. When it does, just go ahead and brace yourself, and hold on until January 2nd, and then evaluate where things stand.

Matthew is Co-Owner of Pack Insider. He writes for all sports, with a focus on football and recruiting, and is in charge of business strategy. He is an NC State alum who majored in business. Matthew is also the lead pastor of The Point Church in Cary, NC.

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4 months ago

If a player is in the transfer portal does that mean they will not play and/or we don’t let them play in the bowl game.

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NC State Legend QB Roman Gabriel Passes Away at the Age of 83



NC State legend Quarterback Roman Gabriel has passed away at the age of 83.

Gabriel’s Accolades

  • 2 time ACC Player of the Year (1960 & 1961)
  • 2 time 1st Team All-American (1960 & 1961)
  • 2 time 1st Team All-ACC (1960 & 1961)
  • 1st ACC QB to throw for 1,000 yards in a season
  • Left NC State with 22 school records and 9 ACC records
  • #1 pick in the AFL and #2 pick in the NFL
  • 16-year NFL career with the Rams & Eagles
  • 4 time Pro Bowler
  • NFL MVP in 1969
  • Led the NFL in Passing Yards in 1973
  • Led the NFL in Touchdown Passes in 1969 & 1973
  • Inaugural member of the NC State Hall of Fame
  • Ranks 1st all-time in Rams history in Touchdown Passes & 3rd in Passing Yards
  • First player to have their jersey number retired at NC State, on January 20, 1962.

Praying for the Gabriel family!

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NC State has Dominated UNC in Athletics in 2023-24



After NC State clinched a series victory over UNC last night in Baseball, I thought it would be a good time to relish in how the Wolfpack has dominated the Tar Heels Athletic Program as a whole in 2023-24.

The Wolfpack Baseball team has won the first two games in the series against the Tar Heels, clinching a series victory over UNC for the first time since 2021. It marks the first time NC State has won a series against the Tar Heels in Raleigh since 2016.

NC State defeated UNC in Volleyball 3-1, winning in Chapel Hill for the first time in 25 years. The Tar Heels had won the last 5 matches against the Wolfpack.

The Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels 39-20 in Football in Carter-Finley Stadium. It marked the 3rd consecutive win over UNC.

NC State lost both regular season games to UNC in Men’s Basketball, but when it mattered most, the Wolfpack defeated the Tar Heels in the ACC Championship Game 84-76, winning their first title since 1987.

The Wolfpack Women’s Basketball team lost to their rival in Chapel Hill, but defeated UNC 63-59 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 5 of the last 7 against UNC.

In Gymnastics, NC State defeated UNC 196.725-194.925 in Raleigh. This marked the 3rd straight victory for the Wolfpack over the Tar Heels.

NC State’s Men & Women’s Swimming & Diving teams both beat UNC. The Men won 258-93, and the Women won 196-157.

The Wolfpack Wrestling team defeated UNC 33-6 in Reynolds Coliseum. NC State has won 11 straight Duals against the Tar Heels.

The NC State Men’s Tennis team defeated UNC 4-0, winning against their rival in back-to-back years.

The Wolfpack Women’s Tennis team has defeated the Tar Heels 4-3 on two occasions thus far this season, and will face their rival again today.

The Cross Country teams didn’t have individual meets against UNC, but the Women obviously beat them, because they won the ACC Championship. The Men didn’t, finishing 8th in the Conference, with the Tar Heels finishing 1st.

The only other NC State athletic team that didn’t taste victory against UNC this year was the Women’s Soccer team, losing 0-4 in Raleigh.

Of course, each of these NC State athletic teams has much higher goals than just beating their rival, but there’s no denying how sweet it is to beat the Tar Heels.

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WATCH: Hollywood Smothers Leads NC State in Rushing at the Spring Game



Redshirt Freshman Hollywood Smothers seemingly was the 3rd string Running Back in NC State’s 2024 Spring Game a few weeks back, but at the end of the game, he had more rushing yards than any other back.

Smothers rushed the ball 8 times for 75 yards. He possesses explosive speed, as well as excellent vision.

Check out Pack Insider’s Tape of Smothers from the Spring Game.

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NC State Offers FCS Interior Offensive Lineman D’Angalo Titialii



NC State offered Interior Offensive Lineman D’Angalo Titialii (6’2″/320) today. After entering the Portal, the Wolfpack were the first to offer him.

Titialii spent his first three seasons at Portland State, which competes in the FCS. This year, he was the starting Center for the Vikings, and the year before he was their starting Left Guard. Over three seasons, Titialii started in 28 of the 32 games he played in.

Titialii is an intriguing prospect, considering he can play numerous positions on the Offensive Line.

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