Often amidst the problems that arise and are solved in his several lives, an old, grating question is put to Elliott. Why, someone is bound to ask, does not Delany—or any other Villanovan, for that matter—run more often for the record? As regional, national and international honors continue to come to the Villanovans, the question scarcely deserves an answer. In Elliott's mind—and it is by no means unique to him—there is no man made who can do his utmost week after week and stay at peak through a board season that starts in December and then through an outdoor season that ends in midsummer. "I might be one of the dumbest coaches," Elliott says, "but I can look at the records of milers who ran 4:07, 4:07, 4:07, and when the chips are down they run 4:07 and get fifth." Elliott is dedicated to the belief that training is a problem to be shared by the coach and the man. "A good high school boy coming here today," he maintains, "probably had a good coach and will have his own ideas. Should I arbitrarily write out what he should do? Last year for the Olympics Delany in one day was doing 15 in-and-out quarters under 60 seconds because we felt he should do that. Every man can take a different load. Should I be an X-ray machine and look inside a man, when I can ask him? We have our rebuttals here in training—one day a man wants to do 220s and I will be thinking of quarters. We settle it and it doesn't really matter how. It is my job to see that the boys practice and enjoy it. It's their job when the chips are down."