"We're moving forward."
That was the message from Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis on Media Day on Friday.
After a 3-9 season last year, the Irish practiced for the first time in preparation for the upcoming season.
And they aren't looking back.
"We're not saying one word about last season," Weis said. "It's August 2008. You will not hear one word out of anyone about 2007."
For the most part, Weis was right. The focus for the players was not on last year.
"We're not talking about it, we're not talking about it at all," safety and captain David Bruton said. "We've been moving forward since the last game."
"It's not something we are trying to dwell on. We're just trying to be better and make strides in the right direction rather than being stuck behind, not moving forward, not making progress."
Fellow captain David Grimes agrees.
"We're not going to talk about '07," the senior wideout said. "The past is the past and we only control our future."
"Guys have a bitter taste in their mouth and are ready to get back out there and show the world what we can do."
Weis said his team has a new mindset, one that will allow them to jump out to a fast start, during practice and during games.
It's something he learned from Bill Parcells. It's called "Diving right in."
"I'm not looking for toe in the water type of players," Weis explained. "I'm looking for players that aren't waiting to see how things go. They're going to be part of making things go."
"That's been our whole thought methodology from the beginning of 2008 right to this time. And we want to take that thought methodology and tie it into a fast start and that's what we're trying to do."