Payton plans to coach _ his son _ in 2012

By Brett Martel

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, April 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

A person in the crowd wears a T-shirt referencing suspended New Orleans Saints NFL football head coach Sean Payton as Payton plays in the Pro-Am rounds of the PGA golf Zurich Classic at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Wednesday, April 25, 2012.

Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

AVONDALE, La. — An NFL-imposed suspension won't stop Sean Payton from coaching in 2012.

The New Orleans head coach says his season away from the pro game will afford him more time with his two children, and he'll help coach son Connor's football team.

Payton makes his family home in Dallas, but spent part of this week in New Orleans, playing in the Zurich Classic pro-am with PGA Tour player Ryan Palmer.

Payton was received warmly by fans at the TPC Louisiana and his gallery included some wearing "Free Sean Payton" T-shirts. The coached signed autographs and posed for photos.

Payton also criticized a recently reported allegation that general manager Mickey Loomis' Superdome booth was rigged so he could eavesdrop on opposing coaches between 2002 and 2004. Payton calls the allegations, "Hogwash."

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