Get ready for the ifs: If Phil Jackson takes a job in the New York Knicks front office and if he fires head coach Mike Woodson and if Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean does not return to the school, then Woodson could come back to coach at his alma mater. 


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Jackson is close to signing a deal to become president of basketball operations for the Knicks, who have been in utter disarray for most of the season. When the deal is finalized, it's well within the realm of possibility he cleans house. That would put Woodson out of a job. 

Meanwhile, in Indiana, Crean could be out of a job at the end of the NCAA season. He led the Hoosiers to a Big Ten title and No. 1 NCAA tournament seed last season, but this year his 17-15 team was

kicked out of the conference tournament in the first round. 

Prominent Indiana boosters would rather see Crean leave and are pushing to buy him out to bring in Woodson as the coach, according to the New York Daily News . Woodson played for Bobby Knight at Indiana in the 1980s. He's never coached at the college level. 

You might want to start a scorecard to check off all those "ifs" if you're waiting for this one to happen.