Urban Meyer announced that he’d retire from coaching after Ohio State plays in the Rose Bowl this year, seemingly ending the career of the three-time national champion.

Two of those titles came at Florida with current Florida head coach Dan Mullen serving as his offensive coordinator.

On Tuesday afternoon, Mullen issued a statement congratulating and thanking Meyer and his family for a wonderful career and taking a chance on him back at Bowling Green (via TampaBay.com):

“I want to congratulate Urban and Shelly on a legendary career,” Mullen said. “I will always be grateful to Urban for the opportunity to join his staff at Bowling Green 18 years ago, and there were so many championships and memories along the way, including our two national championships at Florida. He is obviously a big reason why I became a Gator 14 years ago and was among the first to congratulate Megan and I when we came back to Gainesville. He has been a tremendous mentor and great friend.”

Mullen was with Meyer for those two Gator championships, and now he’s trying to bring the program back to those heights.

It’s clear Meyer had a big impact on Mullen, so Mullen is sad to see his mentor go.