This morning, 83-year-old Mouse Davis joked, “To tell you the truth, I don’t do a hell of a lot. … I’ve been sitting on my hands a lot, and wondering, What do I do with these?”
But Davis’ schedule has been hectic. In the past year, he was commissioner/head coach of a pro football league based in Palm Springs, consultant to Portland State’s football team, and occasional golfer.
The Warrior Beat trapped Mouse for a few thoughts.
On prized pupil June Jones’ decision to pass on pro-football opportunities to serve as Kapolei High’s offensive coordinator this fall:
“He loves Hawaii and he loves football, and this gives him an opportunity to do both. … It’ll be exciting for him. No question he enjoys doing it. That’s a positive thing. (Coaching is) in (his) blood. I know. I only did it for 57, 58 years. I can speak to the possibilities that it gets into your blood.”
On the pro league he helped found:
“They call it Professional Football League. It’s a hell of a name. There are some good players and some very average players. It’s nice to see them get another shot.”
On initially being head coach of two PFL teams at the same time:
“We had other (assistant) coaches who worked in there. (When the teams played each other) I went up in the stands and didn’t say a thing. I rooted for both teatms. You can’t lose. You don’t make any decisions so you can’t (mess) that up. It’s a pretty good thing.”
On supporting UH coach Nick Rolovich:
“I told him the other day, I’m rooting hard for him. I hope that helps him. That’s my help. I’m rooting for him. And he has Brian (Smith, a former UH center and now offensive assistant) out there. Brian’s a great kid, too. They’re easy to root for.”
On giving a Rolodex containing daily inspiration quotes to Rolovich:
“I said, ‘Would you like that?’ He said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘You’ve got it.’ … (Noting this is a leap year), That’ll get him all screwed up. You can give him a quote. Don’t give him any of the other 365 he’s got.”
On Rolovich changing the mood:
“I hope they have success. It’s been so dismal. That’s what it looked like. It looked like a dismal atmosphere. It looked like a dismal whatever … game, a dismal win, a dismal loss. It was dismal. That’s what it looked like to me from afar. … I know they’ve got great kids there. They at least have to be having fun. The game’s supposed to be fun, right?”