"That's going to be the way home," Ellerson said. "I can't prove it yet, but I'm telling you this is working. The scoreboard can't validate that for me just yet, but as impatient as we all are and as painful as those Saturdays were, this is happening. It's happening because guys like this, in the face of adversity, when it got hard to hold onto that culture, fiercely did just that."
"Fissures haven't opened up between that belief system that 'We're cadets first and we're going to win all day,' " Ellerson said. "All that stuff, it feels right to our guys. As opposed to something to doubt, it's something they've rallied to and that bodes well for our future."