He'll spend part of the day speaking with Trojans players who might not be around for Year 2.
Sarkisian said Sunday that he was scheduled to meet with quarterback Cody Kessler and other draft-eligible players as the Trojans await news of their bowl destination.
"That's part of my job — to help educate these guys," Sarkisian said during a teleconference with reporters.
Kessler, who passed for six touchdowns in Saturday's 49-14 victory over Notre Dame, will almost certainly return for a senior season that would begin with him in the
Kessler passed for 36 touchdowns, with only four interceptions, for a team that finished the regular season with an 8-4 record.
Sarkisian said he felt "bad" that the Trojans lost to
Leonard Williams is regarded as the most likely USC junior to make himself available for the
Tailback Javorius Allen and receiver Nelson Agholor also could decide to forego their final seasons of eligibility. Players have until mid-January to decide whether to make themselves available for the draft.
After the 2013 season, five players with eligibility remaining made themselves available for the draft.
But safety Dion Bailey, tight end Xavier Grimble and defensive lineman George Uko were not drafted.
Though their bowl destination will not be announced until Sunday, the Trojans might begin practicing later this week.
Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com has predicted that USC will play Rutgers in the Foster Farms Bowl on Dec. 30 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
After their rout of Notre Dame, several USC players did not voice a preference for any particular bowl.
"I'll go anywhere," senior tight end Randall Telfer said.
Even back to the
"We didn't have the best time there," Telfer said. "But to be honest, we could go to the Sun Bowl and I'm pretty sure we could put our best foot forward and prepare as a team."
Junior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods said the destination did not matter.
"I just care about who we are playing," he said.
Receiver George Farmer, who is a draft-eligible, finally got an opportunity to use his straight-ahead speed against Notre Dame, and he beat defensive backs for touchdown pass plays of 48 and 31 yards.
Why did it take so long for Farmer to emerge?
Sarkisian cited a hamstring injury that slowed Farmer for part of the season and two other factors.
"His comfort level in the scheme and understanding what we're doing has definitely evolved," Sarkisian said. "The comfort level of the quarterback believing in him has really emerged.
"So all of these things have come into play where George has really good football the last three or four weeks."
Cornerback Adoree' Jackson, who suffered concussive symptoms during the Notre Dame game, will be monitored as the Trojans prepare for their bowl game, Sarkisian said…. Sarkisian on the Trojans' 8-4 record: "It's easy to look at the win-loss record and say 'That's who you are,' which is fine. I understand that. Ultimately that is who we are. But I look at the silver lining of a lot of things and there's a lot of things in these tight games that we're going to learn from, that we're going to be better for moving forward."
Correspondent Lindsey Thiry contributed to this report.