All Eyes On Reggie Bush

Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush, the standout running back from USC, will be the man to watch at this weekend's NFL Draft. Many are predicting Bush will be the No. 1 overall pick. Bush considered the possibility during a visit toThe Early Show on Wednesday morning.

"That would mean a lot," he told co-anchor Hannah Storm. "It's a dream come true for me just to be out here and be here for the NFL Draft. If I were No. 1 pick, that would be a big deal for me and my family."

If so, Houston, which has the first pick, would be Bush's new home. He says he's ready for the move.

"I think that would be a good fit for me," he said. "Houston is a great city. They've got great coaches. I've visited their facilities and they were great. So I'm ready."

But while his football career is going strong, Bush has troubles back home. The Pac-10 Conference said Sunday that it will investigate whether any NCAA rules were violated when Bush's family, including mother Denise Griffin, stepfather LaMar Griffin and brother Jovan Griffin lived in a house owned by a sports businessman. The home was in the San Diego suburb of Spring Valley, Calif., where the family lived while Bush was still playing for the University of Southern California last season. NCAA rules prohibit student-athletes and their families from receiving extra benefits from agents or their representatives.

"Absolutely nothing has happened," Bush told Storm about the controversy. "I think what we have here is a case of, you know, a story getting blown out of proportion, I think because of my celebrity. I think one of the things I've learned as your public image grows is that certain things may get blown out of proportion or there may be certain people out there that may try to get a piece of you here or there."

As for the question of whether his family paid rent for the house, Bush said, "I would love to clarify that question, but I think it would be unprofessional for me to do that without the consent of everybody. This is a team effort right now."

For now, Bush is keeping his eye on the ball and on better news, like his deal to be a pitchman for Adidas. "It is exciting for me and my family, and this is one of the first major endorsement deals that I've been able to do. It's been great so far. It's been a great relationship so far and we're looking forward to a long relationship."

Coming next, the Reggie Bush shoe. Look for it in 2007. He promises, "it's going to be a good one."
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