AMELIA ISLAND – Two Florida State athletes – football player Wilson Bell and beach volleyball player Katherine Plessy – were among the five athletes on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee who attended the ACC meetings.
Bell, the Seminoles starting right offensive guard, is one of three ACC athletes on the Autonomy Committee. They hold voting power on proposed NCAA rule changes under the Division I autonomy process. They are invited to attend various ACC governance meetings and participate as members of the voting delegation at the 2017 NCAA Convention.
Bell and Plessy participated in meetings this week to fight for athletes rights.
“It’s a great opportunity to get our voice out there and let them understand we have needs and wants,” Bell said. “Sometimes a coach’s idea, what’s best, is not similar to ours.”
Bell is a rising redshirt junior from Mobile, Ala. He is majoring in communications/English. He is on schedule to graduate next spring.
Plessy, from Marietta, Ga., will be a fifth-year senior in the fall. She is four-time member of the President’s List (4.0 GPA) and three-time member of the Dean’s List. Plessy is the acting president of SAAC at FSU and the ACC.
“They have strong opinions,” FSU athletic director Stan Wilcox said. “They’re both very good advocates and they speak their minds.”
Bell, who started every game last season, called it a “Godsend” when he was recommended to join the committee.
“I always wanted to help implement rules,” he said. “I felt this is the best opportunity to do so. When I got in SAAC I really liked we were trying to make a difference for my fellow student-athletes.”
Coach Jimbo Fisher is not surprised Bell is part of a leadership committee.
“Tremendous human being,” Fisher said. “You hope you raise your kids just like him. He has the right values, principal core values of everything he does.”
Plessy is preparing for an internship this summer with the NCAA.
“SAAC is the reason I met as many people as I did, it’s the reason I’ve been able to develop as a leader,” she said. “SAAC is really what’s made me stand out. It’s taught me how to do so many things that I’m going to have to do in the real world.”