The Lady Vols are looking for a coach to replace Holly Warlick, who was fired last week after going 172-67 in seven seasons.
Harper played at Tennessee from 1995 to '99 and is coming off a surprising run to the Sweet 16 of the women's NCAA tournament with 11th-seeded Missouri State. The Lady Bears went 25-10 this season and lost to Stanford in a regional semifinal.
Missouri State athletic director Kyle Moats confirmed Monday that Tennessee had notified him of the school's "interest in speaking with Coach Harper about their women's head-coaching position."
KOLR-TV in Springfield, Missouri, first reported Moats' statement.