The handcuffs have been removed. The gloves are officially off.
Now, after two and a half years of waiting for the NCAA investigation to conclude and for the penalties and sanctions to be announced, UM head coach Al Golden can finally recruit on equal footing as his two biggest rivals for high school talent in Florida: FSU's Jimbo Fisher and UF's Will Muschamp.
All of the damage caused by the relentless and ruthless negative recruiting used by Fisher and Muschamp over the past few seasons to hold Golden and Miami back from being successful on the field and in recruiting is done.
The long wait for the NCAA ruling to come down ended yesterday.
It is finally, mercifully, thankfully, over.
And now it is someone else's turn to be afraid, VERY afraid.
Even with the impending sanctions hanging over his head Golden and his Hurricanes stand undefeated this season at 6-0 and have risen to #7 in the BCS standings. Golden currently has the top ranked recruiting class in the ACC and #4 overall for 2014, and that is before the NCAA let Miami skate away with incredibly light sanctions yesterday.
To make the pot even sweeter, earlier this season Golden's hurricanes convincingly beat Muchamp's Gators at Sun Life Stadium. In what could be the final meeting ever between the two schools Miami walked away the victor over the big bad SEC team from the big bad State school in Gainesville.
On November 2 Golden and his road warriors will travel to Tallahassee to take on Fisher and his Seminoles at Doak Campbell stadium. The Hurricanes have a chance to win the mythical "State Championship" and put an end to any and all speculation that Miami is indeed back.
If (when?) Miami beats FSU in their house in front of a National audience and moves into the top 3 in the BCS chase it will be the end of times as we know it in Tallahassee and Gainesville.
And for that matter, for the entire college football world.
With the NCAA out of the way, it is time for Fisher and Muschamp and the rest of college football to be afraid of the Al Golden led Phoenix that is rising once again at the small, private school in Coral Gables.
Yes, college football, be afraid.
Be VERY afraid.