It was unpleasant. It looked like angry-bully behaviour. There is a three-page thread on cisfootball.org and indignant comments at TSN. There was more attention given to it in the Calgary Herald comments section than to the Dinos' domination of Saint Mary's. A day later, the elder Nill unburdened himself, "... basically Taylor acted out of line and when he came to the bench, I was upset. I screamed at him and it was an over-reaction on my part. I think I crossed the coach-parent threshold. I regret it."
One unpleasant truth is it might have served its purpose. The game was getting out of hand. Calgary was ahead 36-14 and Saint Mary's had about as much chance of coming back as New Moon does of getting a nomination for Best Picture. There was a chance for the game to get chippy, with trash talk and cheap shots. Perhaps the sight of the coach airing out his own flesh and blood reminded the rest of the Dinos to stay in line and finish strong. The ends kind of justify the means.
Granted, you could ask whether attributing this to the "coach-parent threshold" actually addresses the issue. Several coaches across of the country have had a son play for them, and no one recalls seeing them "grabbing the youngster by the shoulders while using some choice language." All's fair in love and football, apparently.
Update: Nill has issued an official apology (and he also said sorry to the entire team the morning after the game):
"I overreacted, and I regret it ... It was a very emotional week and it carried through to the game. I let my emotions get the best of me.No doubt some the "always respect your opponent" will cause a few people to dredge up the 2001 game where Nill's Saint Mary's team waxed Mount Allison 105-0. That is addressed in the comments. There are two sides to that story.
"After the Lumbala touchdown, I felt that Taylor acted disrespectfully toward the Saint Mary's program. I believe in several key values for my players, and one of them is that you always respect your opponent. When he came to the bench, I was upset and I overreacted. It was unprofessional, and I apologize to the team, our fans, the University of Calgary, CIS, my colleagues, and to parents across the country."
Nill regrets 'crossing coach-parent threshold' (Calgary Herald)
Next stop, Vanier Cup: Dinos beat Huskies in Uteck Bowl (Calgary Herald)
Dinos hammer Huskies to punch Vanier Cup ticket (Calgary Sun)
Dinos devour Huskies (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)
Uteck Bowl less than memorable for Huskies (Halifax Chronicle-Herald)