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They had lunch over the summer, Stoll explained her program, and Bone said, "That's exactly what we need."
From the time the Cougars ended their season last March with an ugly semifinal loss to Wichita State in the NIT in New York, Bone has tried to impose a change in culture. He believes Stoll's series of character-building sessions has been effective.
"We had a talk at that time," Bone said, referring to the aftermath of the blowout in New York. " 'If you're going to be in the program, this is the way it's going to be.' We're trying to have a culture of excellence, on and off the court.
"They've embraced that idea. Our guys have been involved in almost everything they can possibly be involved in, to reach out to the community. They're in a position to be role models and they need to understand that."