"they explicitly state that they don't actually think they did"
Where do you find that statement ? In their preprint paper they state:
"An early arrival time of CNGS muon neutrinos with respect to the one computed assuming the speed of light in vacuum of (60.7 Â± 6.9 (stat.) Â± 7.4 (sys.)) ns was measured. This anomaly corresponds to a relative difference of the muon neutrino velocity with respect to the speed of light (v-c)/c = (2.48 Â± 0.28 (stat.) Â± 0.30 (sys.)) * 10^-5."
That's as explicitly FTL as their data allows. I don't see any denial there. Yes, they are very cautious and they ask others to confirm, but that is very natural for such unexpected results.