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Posted at 05:07 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Joe Vitt is named interim replacement — for now — for New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton

NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt will become the team’s interim head coach, despite an upcoming six-game suspension for his role in the club’s bounty system, the team announced Thursday.

The Saints had to find a one-season replacement for Coach Sean Payton, whose season-long suspension in connection with the bounty scandal begins Monday and runs through next February’s Super Bowl.

New Orleans General Manager Mickey Loomis said in a statement that Vitt will take over Monday.

The NFL played no role in the decision.

The Saints did not say what their plans are for Vitt’s six-game suspension.

“We will work through the offseason under this plan and when we get to training camp we will decide on a course of action for the first six weeks of the season, while Joe Vitt is unavailable,” Loomis said.

Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo could be top in-house candidates.

Loomis was suspended for a half-season and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely. NFL disciplinary action against players has not been announced yet.

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