Bounty penalties include former Towson coach Joe Vitt

The bounty scandal involving the New Orleans Saints has ties to Baltimore.

Assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who played linebacker at Towson University on the undefeated 1974 team and coaches that position for the Saints, has been suspended for six games and fined $100,000 by the NFL for his role in the scandal alleging that Saints defensive players were paid for big hits during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

Vitt, who coached at Towson after he graduated and started his NFL coaching career with the Baltimore Colts in 1979, has been with the Saints since 2006.

Vitt still has ties to Baltimore. Every year he comes back to the area and holds a crabfeast that helps raise money for his alma mater. It was during preparations for the crabfeast in 2007 that former Towson coach Gordy Combs convinced Vitt to have the Saints take a look at offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, who later became the team's fourth-round draft choice. Bushrod was selected to the Pro Bowl for the first time this season.

While Vitt's penalty is not as steep as those handed down to former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (indefinitely with his case to be reviewed after the 2012 season) Saints head coach Sean Payton (the entire 2012 season) or general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games and a $500,000 fine), it's still pretty stiff - especially considering the $100,000 fine.

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