INDIANAPOLIS — Butler coach LaVall Jordan proudly wears an old-school message across his chest.
The words on his blue, long-sleeve shirt read simply, “Gritty not pretty.”
To Jordan, the philosophy means as much now as when he first adopted it playing for the Bulldogs in the late 1990s. As an assistant coach in the mid 2000s, Jordan spent five more seasons instilling those values in Butler players.
When Jordan took the head coaching job at his alma mater three years ago, there was little doubt he’d make it fashionable again.
“When you think of Butler, back in the day, that’s what it was,” he said. “Our defense is a point of pride, so you’ve got to embrace it. I think guys have. You’ve got to know